When the Brazilian Minister of the Environment was firing on all cylinders

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Become the bête noire of environmentalists, the sulphurous Brazilian environment minister, Ricardo Salles, resigned Wednesday under pressure from critics and justice. The ex-member of the government is suspected, among other scandals, of being involved in a vast criminal network of smuggling timber.

“Finally, it was time for this scandal to end,” comments Cécile Leuba, forest campaigner at Greenpeace France in an interview with France 24, the day after the announcement of the resignation of Ricardo Salles, Brazilian Minister of the Environment. With all his scandals, it is unthinkable that this minister could have stayed so long in his post. “

Same issue within Greenpeace-Brazil. “The departure of Ricardo Salles was late but necessary. Brazil could no longer have an environment minister who – intentionally and deliberately – was acting against the environment itself and causing serious damage to the country.”

Few of the ministers in charge of the environment are able to work so far against ecological interests. Until Wednesday, June 23, Ricardo Salles, 46, belonging to the hard wing of the Bolsonaro government, could be proud of belonging to this unique club which ardently defends economic activities in the Amazon to the detriment of the preservation of the forest. Consequence: records in terms of deforestation and a solid reputation as an “anti-environment minister” with environmentalists.

But this tour de force came to an abrupt end on Wednesday, under constant pressure from environmental NGOs and Brazilian justice. “I presented my resignation to the president (Bolsonaro) and he accepted it,” said the person concerned at a press conference.


A “major transnational criminal network”

Pointed at in Brazil and abroad, it is ultimately a case of illegal exports of wood from the Amazon that precipitated its downfall. The search of his ministerial offices on May 19, at the request of the Supreme Court judge Alexandre de Moraes – who had also ordered the lifting of his banking secrecy – made the exercise of his functions perilous. The federal police are investigating, in fact, a “major transnational criminal network of wood smuggling facilitation”, in which “officials such as Minister Ricardo Salles, other officials and companies”, said Judge Moraes. in its decree.

The man, however described as “exceptional” by Jair Bolsonaro the day after the searches of his offices, is not his first case. In April, Ricardo Salles caused a scandal by asserting at a ministerial meeting, during which he was unaware of being recorded, that he wanted to take advantage of the fact that the media were focused on the Covid-19 pandemic to relax environmental standards.

Under his aegis, deforestation reached a record level in May, with an increase of 41% compared to this same month of the year in 2020. An increase due among other things, according to his detractors, to the fact that he deprived of human and financial resources public bodies for environmental protection – such as Ibama or ICMBio. This constant increase seriously questions the commitment before the international community of President Bolsonaro to “eliminate illegal deforestation in Brazil by 2030”, ten years earlier than initially expected, lamented in a statement the collective NGO Climate Observatory.

An “anti-environment” minister can hide another

For his part, Ricardo Salles justified his policy on Wednesday by explaining that he had struck a balance between the need to protect the environment while “respecting agribusiness and entrepreneurs from all sectors, such as mining or real estate” .

However, his exit from government is not a relief for environmental activists. The ex-minister announced that he would be replaced by Joaquim Alvaro Pereira Leite, who already worked at the ministry, as secretary for the Amazon and Environmental Services. The latter was previously an advisor to the Brazilian Rural Society, an organization that represents the interests of agribusiness in the country. “This new minister should also be in line with Bolsonaro who will continue his destructive policy,” abounds the environmental activist.

At the same time, a parliamentary committee was approving “without debate and in all haste” a very controversial bill which modifies the rules in force for the demarcation of indigenous lands. On Tuesday, clashes between police and locals demonstrating in front of Parliament left several injured. The law still has to be voted on in plenary before going to the Senate for adoption.

Deforestation hit a record high in May, rising 41% from that same month of the year in 2020, when the dry season is just beginning. “We risk this year again to witness large-scale arson”, worries Cécile Leuba. A glimmer of hope in the middle of the gloomy picture: since the pandemic, “the popularity of the president is declining, concludes the head of Greenpeace. Perhaps in the next presidential election, the Brazilians will appoint a new head of ‘State that will end the disaster. ”

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