Bergbau bedroht Brasiliens Indigene infographic
Grafik mit der Karte des Sperrgebiets der Indigenen und Schutzgebiete im Amazonas sowie die Abholzung zwischen 2016 und 2019.
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Bolsonaro will Bergbau in Gebieten der Indigenen erlauben

By Jordi Bou

February 10, 2020 - Brasiliens Präsident Jair Bolsonaro schlägt ein höcht umstrittenes Gesetz vor, das kommerziellen Bergbau in den Sperrgebieten der Ureinwohner ermöglichen soll. Umweltschützer sehen darin einen weiteren Schritt zur Abholzung des Regenwaldes.

The bill to regulate mining including oil and gas projects, as well as hydroelectric dams, on indigenous reservations for the first time, will need to be approved by Congress

Bolsonaro has long railed against Brazil’s indigenous people for occupying too much land, 13% of the country, and hindering economic development of untold mineral resources hidden there, from gold and diamonds to niobium and rare earths.

Brazil is home to about 300 tribes, which mostly oppose commercial mining because they fear it would endanger their fragile local economies and communities. The groups are already under threat from illegal loggers and gold miners.

Deforestation in the Amazon – a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming – soared in 2019, the first year of right-winger Bolsonaro’s presidency.

PUBLISHED: 10/02/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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