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The Amazon is burning

Part of the solution lies in achieving greater effective control in the territory and economic incentives aligned with conservation. There is not a reason or actor that is single-handedly responsible for what is happening. And although neither the burning nor deforestation are totally new, today they are out of control.

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Did the Amazon’s lifesaver get punctured?

The Santos adminsitration’s good intentions in the Amazon have been undone by its own actions. As told by La Silla Vacía, in August 2012 ex-Minster of the Environment Frank Pearl, before leaving office, threw a lifesaver for the Amazon. Pearl released Resolution 1518 of 2012, which establishes that no one can drill any part of the Amazon classified as Forest Reserve (according to Law 2 of 1959) for mining activities, until the Ministry of the Environment zoned the territory. In other words, until it defined which areas of the Amazon territory classified as Forest Reserve– the large majority (see Map 1)– should be protected and which can house economic projects, among them mining.

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