|National Congress - Brasilia|
Sure, farmers can exploit more of their land if they clear hilltops and riverbanks. But what happens if strong rains come? How are the chances increased that water will pour down the newly naked slopes and wash soil away? If drought comes to the Amazon again, as some climate forecasts suggest it will in ever stronger form, how will the removal of riverbank protection exacerbate water shortages that will affect everyone - farmers included?
Código Florestal - 2ª Edição (Portuguese)
Brazil's Proposed Reform of Forest Code Sparks Environmentalist Outcry