Final House vote on Brazil’s Forest Code likely delayed
Last week Brazil’s Senate voted in favor of the new Forest Code, which regulates how much forest a property owner is required to maintain. But before the new Forest Code becomes law, it must pass the lower house and then win approval by President Dilma Rousseff.
With Congress going on recess this week, it now appears the vote will be delayed until after lawmakers return in February.
Environmentalists are gearing up for a fight over the new Forest Code, which they say will grant amnesty for illegal deforestation. President Rousseff, who said during her campaign she would not let deforestation rise on her watch, is expected by pressured by green groups to veto the bill.