The government’s order was a compromise measure after protests from local residents and ecologists who claim that the bill could lead to further deforestation in the Pará area.
Carlos Xavier, president of a lobbying group in Pará to decrease the size of the  Jamanxim  forest, said the APA would bring economic progress to the region.
The measures were criticised by environmental groups. “The bill is seen as an amnesty for illegal occupation of the conservancy unit,” said Observatório do Clima on its website, claiming that the government “yielded to pressure” from the rural lobby.
Carlos Xavier, president of a lobbying group in Para to decrease the size of the Jamanxim forest, said the APA would bring economic progress to the region.
In 2016, deforestation of the Amazon rose by 29 per cent over the previous year, according to the government’s satellite monitoring, the biggest jump since 2008.
Mongabay, an environmental science and conservation …
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