From a Dam Disaster to the Amazon Fires – a tough year for Brazil’s Environment

Brazil experienced a tough year in 2019 when it comes to the environment. It saw the dismantling of federal environmental governance, a dam disaster, oil spills and the Amazon fires. It saw the president utter absurd statements, give up hosting the COP25, and question data from INPE — the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research… Continue reading From a Dam Disaster to the Amazon Fires – a tough year for Brazil’s Environment

Brazil’s National Environment Policy (Law 6.938/81)

Brazil's National Environmental Policy — Política Nacional do Meio Ambiente, more commonly known in Portuguese as PNMA — is the policy that puts into practice Art. 225 from the Federal Constitution, aiming to regulate activities that may affect the environment. This policy dates from 1981, before the Constitution of 1988 and within the global context… Continue reading Brazil’s National Environment Policy (Law 6.938/81)

Brazil’s National Water Resources Policy

Brazil's Water Resources Management Policy (law 9.433/97) is a document that establishes 1. important directives for the country's water management and 2. the main instrument for such management: a National Water Resources Management System (in Portuguese, SINGREH). There's no official translation to English for this policy, so the snippets I post here will be my… Continue reading Brazil’s National Water Resources Policy

The Environment in Brazil’s Federal Constitution

It may seem otherwise, but Brazil has very strong and comprehensive environmental policies, some of which are even models internationally. Though these policies encounter severe difficulty in being implemented and surveilled, they provide a good framework for environmental analysis in various sectors (water resources, forestries and waste management, for instance). Since last year I studied… Continue reading The Environment in Brazil’s Federal Constitution