Government transition: Environment group defends measures to accelerate the fight against illegal deforestation
A transition group discussing environmental preservation has pointed to remote surveillance, through the use of satellite images, as a means to speed up the fight against illegal deforestation. The information was given by the former Environment minister, Carlos Minc, one of the members of the group in the team of the president-elect, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT).
According to Jorge Viana, member of the Environment workgroup, the group’s preliminary report should address four main points: emergency measures – which, according to him, “need to be adopted to quickly bring back a positive role for Brazil, to get out of this environmental pariah situation”; budget issue; organizational part of the Ministry of Environment; and revocation of decrees and normative acts – which, according to the group’s assessment, dismantled the “Brazilian state structure to work with the environment”.
Civil society organizations recommend the immediate revocation or revision of at least 400 decrees, ordinances and resolutions of the Bolsonaro Government to reverse the dismantling of socio-environmental and climate policies.