“Government is experiencing a six-month crisis”, says Marina Silva
The statement was given one day after the Ministry of the Environment had its attributions emptied by the National Congress.
The Minister of the Environment, Marina Silva, said this Thursday (25) that the government is going through a “six-month crisis”. The statement was given one day after the Ministry of the Environment had its attributions emptied by the National Congress.
“We are living through another six-month crisis now, but completely different. The government made the correct decision during the transition and on the first day of its administration, to restore the MMA, but unfortunately part of the National Congress thinks it is retaliating against the MMA, because, under President Lula, Ibama has the its functions preserved”,
“Right now, we are experiencing tensions that are not being easy for MMA, MPI, MDA, MDH, MCDR, because they are the agendas that Bolsonarism focuses on most strongly.”
This Wednesday (24), the National Congress promoted changes in the provisional measure (MP) that restructures the ministries. Environmentalists and indigenous people accuse deputies and senators of emptying the attributions of the ministries of the Environment and Indigenous Peoples with the changes.
Under the rapporteurship of federal deputy Isnaldo Bulhões (MDB-AL), the mixed commission that analyzes the MP took responsibility for the recognition and demarcation of indigenous lands from the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples. The attribution passes to the Ministry of Justice.
Another change made by the collegiate impacts the MMA, which is no longer responsible for the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR), a mandatory public document for all types of rural properties. The attribution passes to the Ministry of Management and Innovation in Public Services. CAR is used for mapping land grabbing and control of deforested areas.
The text still needs to go through the plenary, where the dissatisfied intend to reverse the situation.
To make matters worse, the Chamber of Deputies approved the urgency of the timeframe for indigenous lands. The proposal determines that only lands already occupied by indigenous peoples on October 5, 1988, the date of enactment of the Federal Constitution, can have their demarcation claimed. The measure is widely criticized by defenders of the indigenous cause, but has the support of the agribusiness group.
*With information from Metrópoles
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