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Brazil's environmental leadership at risk

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>7/11/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Science
Issue number6210
Volume346
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)706-707
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Over the past two decades, Brazil has emerged as an environmental leader, playing a prominent role in international fora such as the United Nations (UN) Conferences on Sustainable Development. The country has earned praise for the expansion of its protected area (PA) network and reductions in Amazon deforestation. Yet these successes are being compromised by development pressures and shifts in legislation. We highlight concerns for the newly elected government regarding development of major infrastructure and natural resource extraction projects in PAs and indigenous lands (ILs).