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  • An illegal gold mine is seen on Indigenous land in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, in Roraima State

    An illegal gold mine is seen on Indigenous land in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, in Roraima State | Photo: Reuters

The decision means an area larger than the size of Denmark should be saved from logging and mining. 

Brazil's government has agreed to reinstate the protection for the Amazon reserve after succumbing to pressure from the environmental activists and organizations.

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The Mines and Energy Ministry said in a statement that the government has decided to revoke a decree which would have opened an area slightly larger than Denmark to logging, mining and agricultural use.

Under the original decree, the government allocated 46,000 square kilometers to a National Reserve of Copper and Associates, known as Renca.

The older proposed bill cited "economic progress" as the main reasons to exploit the reserved forest that is split between the northern Brazilian states of Amapa and Para.

The protected Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in absorbing carbon emissions which is vital for keeping global warming in check.

The environmentalists also argued that fewer protections will lead to increased deforestation and open doors to land-grabbing, which is already a problem for the Amazon forests in the region.

“If carried out, the cancellation of the decree shows that, no matter how bad, there is no leader absolutely immune to public pressures,” Marcio Astrini, coordinator of public policy, Greenpeace, said in a statement.

“It is a victory of society over those who want to destroy and sell our forest," Astrini added.

In 2016, deforestation of the Amazon rose by 29 percent compared to 2015, the biggest jump since 2008, according to government's satellite monitoring reports.

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