Brazil bans most burning for 60 days to curb Amazon fires

Brazil bans most burning for 60 days to curb Amazon fires

The Brazilian government has banned most legal fires for land-clearing for 60 days in an attempt to stop the burning that has devastated parts of the Amazon region.

The official decree prohibiting the fires was published on Thursday following international criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the environmental crisis.

Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world’s largest rainforest (Leo Correa/AP)
Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world’s largest rainforest (Leo Correa/AP)

The period of the new ban coincides with the dry season, when most fires are usually set.

Brazil’s forest code allows farmers and others to set some fires as long as they have licences from environmental authorities.

This year, there was a sharp increase in nationwide fires, raising concerns that people were emboldened to burn more after Mr Bolsonaro said rainforest protections were blocking economic development.

Mr Bolsonaro suggested environmental groups were setting illegal fires to try to destabilise his government.

- Press Association

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