Environment Minister Sarney Filho and Mines and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho Filho
29/08/2017 | 1PM
In a statement made Monday (Aug 28), the Planalto presidential palace announced the federal government will enact a new decree outlining in more detail how the National Copper Reserve and Associates (RENCA) is to be abolished. The decision was unveiled after the measure was met with fierce criticism last week among environmentalists, celebrities, and society at large, including the international media.
The new decree, Mines and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho Filho said, will provide in-depth clarification regarding the extinction of the reserve in a bid to preserve indigenous territories and conservation areas located in the region and prevent illegal mining in the area. The decree signed last week will be revoked, the note says.
Environment Minister Sarney Filho described the case as a “misunderstanding,” which included a number of different interpretations as to what would cease to exist. “It was understood by most that we were loosening up the rules against the deforestation of the Amazon, that we were left the Amazon in neglect. That does not correspond to the reality—on the contrary,” he declared.
Signed Tuesday (Aug 22) by President Michel Temer, the decree abolished the National Copper Reserve and Associates and was met with criticism from environmentalists, celebrities, the population, and even international news outlets. On her Twitter account, Brazilian model wrote: “Shame! They're auctioning our Amazon! We can't destroy our protected areas in favor of private interests.” The message was liked 1.4 thousand times and retweeted 458 times.
The protection area was created in 1984 by the João Figueiredo, the last president in Brazil's period of military rule. The area encompassed 47 thousand square kilometers—a region wedged between the states of Pará and Amapá.
Since then, mineral research and economic activity in the area has been under the responsibility of Brazilian Mineral Resources Company (CPRM) and authorized companies. In addition to copper, geological studies indicate the occurrence of gold, manganese, iron, and other ores in the region.
The new decree, Sarney Filho said, will ban any form of mining within the reserve where indigenous territories and conversation areas are located.
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