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Brazil | 11 newly established PAs abolished after furious pushback from agricultural lobby

On 25 September, state deputies in the Legislative Assembly of Rondonia, after less than an hour of discussion, abolished 11 protected areas, covering about 600,000 hectares (2,316 square miles), equivalent to about 3 percent of the total area of the state. The measure was pushed through in record time – the bill was presented to the Assembly in the morning and by the afternoon it was approved.

Even so, the move was not a bolt from the blue but stemmed from a fierce back-and-forth battle between the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby in the Legislative Assembly on the one hand and the state government, backed by environmentalists, on the other – a struggle that has been raging for the last six months.

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