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Brazil | In major ruling, high court upholds forest law, retroactively OKing many PA violations

In what many consider Brazil’s most important ruling ever about the environment, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected, by a tight vote of 6 to 5, some of the most important charges of “unconstitutionality” brought against the New Forest Code – the Law of Native Protection (12.651/2012).

The resulting decision revokes the more environmentally friendly Forest Code passed in 1965 under the military government then in power in Brazil, and maintains much of the New Forest Code, passed in 2012 by a Congress under the powerful influence of the bancada ruralista, Brazil’s agribusiness lobby.


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