Apr 29, 2023
Brazil's Lula recognises six new indigenous reserves
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has decreed six new indigenous reserves, banning mining and restricting commercial farming there. Lula, who took office in January, has pledged to reverse policies of his far-right predecessor Jair Bolsonaro, who promoted mining in indigenous lands. The presidential decree grants indigenous people exclusive use of natural resources on the reserves. While hailing Lula's decision, some indigenous leaders pointed out that his government had vowed to recognise 14 new territories. He repeatedly argued that by mining in indigenous territories, Brazil - which relies heavily on imported fertilisers - could build more of its own potassium reserves.
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