• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Brazil | Vote delayed on bill that would make it easier for squatters on public land to be legalized

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s lower house of Congress on Wednesday delayed voting on a land bill seen by some as contributing to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, which has dozens of European companies threatening to boycott Brazilian exports.

The bill allows squatters on public land to more easily receive deeds to their properties, a policy that environmental advocacy group Imazon warns will accelerate deforestation of up to 16,000 square kilometers in the world’s largest rainforest by 2027.

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