Environment & Energy Report

Pick for Brazil’s Environment Ministry Accused of Favoring Industry

Dec. 10, 2018, 5:34 PM

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s pick to be Brazil’s next environment minister got a thumbs-down from activist groups who say he will champion agriculture and other development activities at the expense of the environment.

The activists say they’re concerned Ricardo Salles, the former head of the environmental secretariat of Sao Paulo state (SMA) from July 2016 to August 2017, will cut budget and staff at IBAMA, the environment ministry’s enforcement arm, and weaken environmental permitting requirements. Bolsonaro announced his selection of Salles via Twitter Dec. 9.

Supporters of Salles say he will be an asset, modernizing the ministry and making...

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