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Brazil begins crackdown on Amazon violators


The Brazilian President Lula da Silva has approved a massive clampdown on violators of the Amazon forest.

To this end, the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) has launched anti-illegal logging raids in the states of Roraima, Acre, and Para.

This is part of a sustained effort to reduce the amount of illegal logging being done by loggers and ranchers in the Amazon,

During the raid, authorities found five different areas in the Cachoeira Seca indigenous reserve that appeared to have been burned and deforested around October of last year.

Four of them, in the process of being turned into ranches, were reportedly abandoned after Lula was elected President.

More extensive raids are being planned.

Prior to his election victory, President Lula had vowed to stop the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and increase the rights and protections of indigenous tribes in the area. 

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To make this possible, Lula appointed individuals from indigenous tribes in high government positions focused on their affairs.

Joenia Wapichana was appointed the head of National Indian Foundation or Funai, which carries out the policies for indigenous tribes as well as for the Amazon rainforest. 

Lula will sign a decree to revitalize the Amazon Fund, which was gutted during the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro.

He has also created the new–Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, focused on the welfare and needs of indigenous people in the country.

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