"Brazil’s new mining code: What’s the rush?"
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Bunge response to items raising concerns about Bunge’s operations in land allegedly of the Guarani tribe in Brazil
Bunge has responded to public questions concerning this issue on multiple occasions, including in a letter to Survival International dated 9 September 2012...The lands in question are not owned by Bunge, and the sugarcane sourcing contracts were entered into by the previous owners of the Monteverde mill, before Bunge's acquisition of the facility...these contracts, entered into in good faith, should be honored. The official classification of the lands is in dispute and under review by the Brazilian government. They are not officially recognized as indigenous lands...they have been farmed by the current owners for many years. Bunge will not renew these contracts as they expire, starting in 2013. If the Brazilian government designates the land for indigenous use, Bunge will immediately take steps to cancel the contracts.
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Author: Emily Greenspan, Oxfam America
After four years of discussion of mining code reforms happening behind closed doors, the Brazilian government has decided to allow just 90 days for public debate on the contents of a revised draft of its 45-year old Mining Code. It’s being enacted on a “legal urgency” basis, but many Brazilians agree that this new bill will have major implications for citizen engagement in decision-making around mining development in the future...Although business and several government agencies engaged on the content of the bill, unions, NGOs, and other civil society actors have been practically absent from discussions. Why should the government slow down the legislative process to allow space for citizen voices?...
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