Aug 24, 2017

Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining

Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining. A decree from President Michel Temer dissolved the protected area, known as the National Reserve of Copper and Associates. MaurĂ­cio Voivodic, head of the conservation body WWF in Brazil, warned last month that mining in the area would lead to "Demographic explosion, deforestation, the destruction of water resources, the loss of biodiversity and the creation of land conflict". According to the WWF report, the main area of interest for copper and gold exploration is in one of the protected areas, the Biological Reserve of Maicuru. "If the government insisted on opening up these areas for mining without discussing environmental safeguards it will have to deal with an international outcry."

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