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Pioneer initiative to triple Brazil's marine protected areas project

Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 09:34 UTC
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A pioneer initiative will more than triple the ocean area under environmental protection in Brazil, from 5.5 million hectares to over 17.5 million, an area larger than Greece. Read full article


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  • ilsen

    This is a Good Thing.
    Well done Brazil!

    Sep 20th, 2014 - 12:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    It's ironic the minister protecting the seas of Brazil looks very similar to a sea urchin.

    Sep 20th, 2014 - 01:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    How long before all the worlds seas are claimed for protection by a land based country.

    Sep 20th, 2014 - 06:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Nr. 9-

    Yes, this is a good move.

    I live at the beach, which is right out from the front terrace, but not on the beach itself. None of that should ever be private property.

    The beach area (high & low tidal region ) is legally owned by our Navy, throughout Brasil, with availability and access to all, 15 years ago we started a campaign to clean-up and remove trash and debris from the sea shore. The idea seemed crazy at first, but now we get more volunteers than needed some days.

    The concept of this law is to take it to the next level and to prevent the encroachment of private developers from polluting, and privatizing. I've actually driven with DETRAN and PM on beach areas “ newly claimed ” as private by new developments. They try to close it, but always back down when confronted, with a fine and arrest. Same excuse always ” It's ours- You can't be here unless you are a proprietario (owner). ”.Not true.

    Runoff from eroded soil, construction debris and talus, nitrogen based fertilizers, or a combination of all, is what this law is addressing. Mangroves, and marine life, especially large sea turtles tourists come to see annually, don't do well with that type of construction or urban environment.

    Nr. 3. -
    China claims an amazing and unrealistic amount of ocean for itself, and Russia is trying to pull the same ruse. Argentina (not surprisingly ) is trying the same excuse of continental extension to and past the Falkland Island group.

    Sep 21st, 2014 - 12:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    the sea should be free.

    Sep 21st, 2014 - 10:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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