Amazon Defense Task Force to operate for another year

Last year, environmental offenders were charged over BRL 3 million

Published in 23/03/2022 - 12:45 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

The Amazon Defense Task Force of the Federal Attorney-General’s Office will remain active in the region for another year, starting tomorrow (Mar. 24).

The task force was convened in September 2019 to work in lawsuits on the defense of environmental public policies of the federal government, the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) in the states making up the Legal Amazon.

Last year, the task force filed judicial collections charged environmental offenders amounts adding up to over BRL 3 billion.

From one of these violators, the Federal Attorney-General’s Office was able to freeze approximately BRL 5.2 million over the deforestation of 228.3 hectares of woodland in the municipality of Lábrea, in Amazonas. In addition, court authorities ordered the suspension of tax breaks and benefits, as well as access to credit lines.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Denise Griesinger

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