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Brazil | Calling it a matter of "strategic relevance," government to allow O&G exploration in NP

When officials from Brazil’s main environmental protection agency, Ibama, advised against the auction of oil exploration blocs near a marine protection area, their boss Eduardo Bim said think again. Bim had been told by the executive-secretary of the Ministry of the Environment that the issue was of “strategic relevance” and so wrote a report overruling his own staff and allowing the auction to go through.

The new blocs are in Abrolhos national park, the richest area of marine biodiversity in the South Atlantic Ocean, home to endemic coral species and a nursery for humpback whales and marine turtles.

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