On February 25 2020, the Ibama president eliminated the requirement for export wood to be approved by the federal environmental agency and now this move is at the center of an investigation that has reached Minister of Environment Ricardo Salles.
At the request of the Federal Police, order 7036900/2020 was suspended in a preliminary order on Wednesday (19) by Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes. He also dismissed the president of Ibama, Eduardo Bim, who had signed the document.
One of the main criticisms of Bim's dispatch was that it allowed export with just transport documents, including forest guides (GF) issued by state governments thereby facilitating fraud.
The main states producing native wood, Mato Grosso and Pará, are not integrated into the National System for the Control of the Origin of Forest Products (Sinaflor), as provided for in the Forest Code, of 2012.
Contradictorily, Ibama is fighting a judicial battle with these states to demand this adaptation, accusing them of lack of transparency.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon