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Documentary Film Screening: "The Law of Water: the New Forest Code"

Tuesday, April 21 at 5:30pm
WCL, Room 603

Brazil is home of the largest rainforest of the planet, the Amazon. Despite its central role in balancing the global climate and protecting biodiversity, the Amazon has lost 20% of its original area to agriculture just in the last 40 years. In 2004, the Federal Government decided to really enforce the Forest Code, an old law that had existed for many decades, but had low rates of compliance. Since then the deforestation has dropped by 80% to the lowest levels since the monitoring system began. In 2012, after three years of intense dispute, the National Congress approved a new Forest Code. Agricultural representatives say it was modernized. Environmentalists and scientists say it was weakened.

Join the screening of the recently released documentary "The Law of Water: the new Forest Code" and learn about the politics and science behind the new Brazilian forest law. Following the screening, there will be a brief discussion with Humphrey Fellow Raul Silva Telles do Valle, a Brazilian environmental lawyer who is an expert on this topic.

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