Procrastinating over parks

Published: Monday 31 October 1994

The Brazilian government is facing flak from conservationists and opposition members for not buying land to create the national parks it had proposed. The delay in buying the land has affected 6 national parks that were created in 1989, and this is wrecking conservation efforts by hindering the government in enforcing laws against hunting and logging in the parks.

Eduardo Martins, a former president of the government's environment agency, lbama, claims that the authorities are seriously constrained by the long and complicated process for buying land that is prevalent in Brazil. Conservationists, however, hold the government solely responsible. According to Sidnei de Miguel of the Green'Party, there is a "total lack of interest on the part of the government in consolidating these areas".

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