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The Insistent (and Unrelenting) Challenges of Protecting Biodiversity in Brazil: Finding "The Law That Sticks"

The University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 1, p. 301, 2007

66 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2009  

Colin Crawford

Tulane University - Law School

Date Written: Fall 2007

Abstract

Brazil's environmental laws - beginning with a robust section of the 1988 Constitution - are comprehensive and well thought through, models of the form. At the same time, however, many of them exist on paper only, and suffer from weak enforcement. This article examines that dilemma through the lens of Law 9,985 of 2000 law creating the National System of Conservation Units, or "SNUC" in its Portuguese acronym. The article both describes SNUC and its legislative history for non-Portuguese speakers and then critically examines the law, suggesting that a less comprehensive and less detailed law might be easier to enforce and thus to serve its long-term goals.

Keywords: protected areas, biodiversity, conservation, natural resources, international environmental, Latin America, Brazil

Suggested Citation

Crawford, Colin, The Insistent (and Unrelenting) Challenges of Protecting Biodiversity in Brazil: Finding "The Law That Sticks" (Fall 2007). The University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 1, p. 301, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1517899

Colin Crawford (Contact Author)

Tulane University - Law School ( email )

6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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