02 Apr '12, 3pm

VIDEO: Illegal #deforestation exposed in Brazil #SaveTheAmazon

After months of investigations, activists have exposed an illegal logging operation underway in public lands in the Amazon. The illegal timber was discovered inside the Rural Settlement Corta Corda, 140km from the city of Santarem, Para State. The Brazilian Government designated this area to poor, landless families in the late 90’s. However, the land has suffered invasions from loggers looking to exploit the forest. Although local social movements have worked through the Rural Workers Union to publically denounce the invasions several times, the destruction continues. The Government’s reaction to the blatant disregard for the designated areas is shocking. Instead of taking action to enforce the protection of these lands and the people living on them, the Government’s proposal is to instead reduce the settlement from its original 52000 hectares to 11000 hectares. Local gove...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/forests/exposed-illegal...

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