Brazil’s deforestation rate soars. What now for REDD?
On 24 May 2011, Brazil’s House of Congress approved revisions to the country’s forest code. It now goes to the Senate and, if approved there, requires the approval of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff. If passed, the new forest code would reduce the area of forest that farmers and ranchers must preserve and would allow clearing forest along rivers and on hilltops. It also could create an amnesty for forest cleared before July 2008 to make way for agriculture, industrial tree plantations or touri More