The Brazilian government has promised action after new data revealed a reversal in the decline of rainforest being destroyed. The rate of deforestation has gone up by 50 percent in some regions in the last year alone.
President Michel Temer has signed a decree abolishing a rainforest reserve that straddles Brazil's northern states of Pará and Amapá, and opening the area to mineral exploration and commercial mining.
Following a wave of criticism, Brazil's government has issued a new decree on a large nature reserve in the Amazon. The order still strips protections from the area, but says mining won't take place in indigenous areas.
The presidential decree opening up the Renca reserve in northern Brazil had been met with protests and a partial climbdown. But the attorney general is to appeal the federal court decision suspending the mining.
Against a backdrop of rising deforestation and violence against activists, environmentalists are accusing Brazil's president of pushing legislation that will benefit loggers and land-grabbers in the Amazon region.
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