Environment

Bolsonaro’s 2022 environmental plan doesn’t match his actions

The government elected curbing Amazon deforestation as a priority for 2022. But its track record under Jair Bolsonaro sparks skepticism

deforestation Deforested area in the heart of the Amazon. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock
Deforested area in the heart of the Amazon. Photo: Paralaxis/Shutterstock

Ibama, Brazil’s environmental protection agency, has approved a plan to curb deforestation in 2022. According to the document, published on today’s Federal Register, the federal government will prioritize actions to keep illegal Amazon deforestation in check by way of increased oversight.

The plan falls in line with Brazil’s recent pledges to reduce carbon emissions, made at the latest UN Climate Summit in Glasgow. Given the track record of the Jair Bolsonaro administration, however, it is hard to take these promises at face value.

Under the far-right president Brazil has loosened environmental protection laws and looked the other...

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