Atlantic forest law: Marina says Lula will veto change – 05/26/2023 – Environment

Atlantic forest law: Marina says Lula will veto change – 05/26/2023 – Environment

In a video appearance, Minister Marina Silva (Environment) sought to reassure the NGOs gathered on Thursday night (25) at Viva a Mata, an event promoted annually by SOS Mata Atlântica, at the Bienal lounge, in Ibirapuera Park, in Sao Paulo.

In a video recorded in Brasília, shortly before the event, Marina appeared smiling with a portrait of President Lula on the wall in the background. She stated that President Lula will veto the section that loosens the Atlantic Forest Law in MP 1,150, approved by the Chamber on Wednesday (24), which was celebrated by the public of environmentalists, who had just chanted “veta, Lula” in the auditorium.

“Yesterday [quarta] we had very bad news, that those devices that hinder the protection of the Atlantic Forest Law had returned. But today we have good news,” Marina said in the video.

“Like the first time this device came to the scene, President Lula again said he will veto it,” he continued.

Afterwards, the executive secretary of the MMA (Ministry of the Environment), João Paulo Capobianco, also appeared in a recorded video reinforcing the minister’s statement. According to the video, the message of Lula’s veto of the MMA on Thursday afternoon was given through the Minister of Institutional Relations, Alexandre Padilha.

“It will veto all tortoises”, said Capobianco about MP 1,150, in a broader reference to the amendments that entered the text in the plenary of the Chamber with the loosening of environmental norms.

The text approved by the deputies weakens the policies of the CAR (Rural Environmental Registry) and the PRA (Environmental Regularization Program), aimed at rural producers, and also weakens the protection of urban Permanent Preservation Areas.

The government’s reaction to the veto came after an avalanche of criticism sent in letters and messages on social networks by hundreds of socio-environmental organizations and research institutions. Nearly 800 organizations signed a letter on Thursday against anti-environmental measures passed by Congress.

Also on Wednesday, letters sent by young people, civil servants and former leaders of environmental agencies already pressured government leaders to review the decisions.

The commitment to veto tortoises was announced on Thursday afternoon by Gleisi Hoffmann, president of the PT. On Twitter, she stated that the government will seek to reverse the environmental setbacks approved in Congress on Wednesday, including the emptying of the environmental portfolio by MP 1,154 and the urgent approval of PL 490, on the time frame of indigenous lands.

During the event, SOS Mata Atlântica presented annual data on the biome gathered in the Atlantic Forest Atlas, produced in partnership with Inpe (National Institute for Space Research). From October 2021 to the same month of 2022, the biome lost more than 20,000 hectares.

According to the SAD (Deforestation Alert System) of the Atlantic Forest, from January 2022 to February 2023, the data compute the deforestation of 75,163 hectares of Atlantic Forest, the equivalent of 75,000 football fields.

The Planeta em Transe project is supported by the Open Society Foundations.

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