Bolsonaro’s Environmental Policy

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has worked to roll back enforcement of Brazil’s once-strict environmental protections defending industries that want greater access to protected areas in the Amazon. Bolsonaro has often criticized agencies that enforce environmental laws, and called ”fines for environmental crimes” and designation of Indigenous territory an “industry” that needs to be abolished. After an avalanche of criticism for the fires that hit the Amazon last summer and under pressure from the international community, Bolsonaro has just formed the new Amazon Council. The objective of this Council will be to coordinate the inter-institutional response to the problems of the rainforest.

Theo Marés, master in Social-Environmental Law and Professor at Industry College (Paraná) visits CLAS and will offer us a critical analysis of Brazils environmental policy.