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Brazil abolishes natural reserve to develop mineral exploration space

A mineral exploration area, larger than the entirety of Denmark, has been earmarked in Brazil.

The Brazilian government has announced plans to abolish a national reserve that was created in 1984 to open an area designated for commercial exploration.

Located in Amapá and Pará, the area is said to be reach in gold, iron, manganese and other key minerals.

Despite the abolishing of the reserve, it does not lift other protections for native vegetation, nature conservation and indigenous land in the area.

The main thinking behind the exploration development follows the Brazilian mining and energy ministry refocusing exploration efforts to encourage economic development.

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The mining and energy ministry says protected forest areas and indigenous reserves will not be affected.

"The objective of the measure is to attract new investments, generating wealth for the country and employment and income for society, always based on the precepts of sustainability," the ministry said in a statement.