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New projects in Brazil's Amazon? Not without congressional approval, says court
by Karla Mendes

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
9 April 2018

On 9 April 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Brazil's government has been told that development projects, including hydropower dams, in protected areas can no longer go ahead without the prior approval of lawmakers. Campaigners said the decision should ensure the country's forests and reserves, including the Amazon rainforest, were better protected. 'This decision puts an end to a spree of provisional measures in the name of environmental de-protection,' said Mauricio Guetta, a lawyer at Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), an advocacy group. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Last week's ruling by the supreme court followed the use by the government in recent years of the controversial 'provisional measure', a legal instrument that allowed the President to approve projects by reducing the size of protected areas.

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