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Justice Barroso convenes public hearing on Brazil's environmental situation

29/06/2020

Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), called a public hearing on September 21 and 22, so that government members, environmental protection entities, experts and other interested parties can contribute to an "objective official report" on the environmental situation in Brazil. He stated, in a decision signed this Sunday (28), that environmental protection is a constitutional duty of the federal government, not a political option.

Omission

The decision was made in the Action for the Declaration of Unconstitutionality by Omission (ADO) 60, presented to the STF by four opposition parties - Workers' Party (PT), Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL), Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) and Sustainability Network. They point out the omission of the federal government for not adopting measures for the functioning of the National Fund on Climate Change (Fundo Clima), which would have been unduly paralyzed in 2019 and 2020, as well as several other actions and omissions in the environmental area.

International Commitments

In analyzing the parties' actions, Justice Barroso cited negative surveys on the situation in the Amazon Florest and pointed out that, since 2004, the federal government has begun to adopt actions to reduce deforestation. But according to data, in 2013 environmental policy "began to show signs of cooling down and deforestation returned to rise.

According to the Justice, the situation worsened in 2019, with the advance of fires and invasions of indigenous lands and of conversation units "in alarming proportions".

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