MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, June 18th 2019 - 17:06 UTC

 

 

Bolsonaro administration launches operation to tackle illegal logging in the Amazon

Friday, June 7th 2019 - 09:36 UTC
Full article 1 comment
The environment ministry, which oversees IBAMA, said the agency has sent 165 agents to Acre, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia and Roraima The environment ministry, which oversees IBAMA, said the agency has sent 165 agents to Acre, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia and Roraima

Brazil’s environmental protection agency IBAMA has launched its biggest-ever operation to tackle illegal logging that is accelerating Amazon deforestation amid a surge in tree-felling since President Jair Bolsonaro took office.

The environment ministry, which oversees IBAMA, said the agency has sent 165 agents to the states of Acre, Amazonas, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia and Roraima, backed by soldiers and police.

“The objective is to scrutinize the regions with the highest concentration of illicit activity to contain the expansion of environmental damage,” the ministry said in a statement.

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil sped up in May to the fastest rate in a decade, according to data from an early-warning satellite system. Experts say the reason is a surge in activity by illegal loggers encouraged by the easing of environmental protections under Bolsonaro.

In its first five months, Bolsonaro’s government has dismantled conservation agencies, cut the budget to enforce environment laws and generally shown skepticism about measures to fight climate change, environmental activists say.

After Bolsonaro took office, the forestry commission was moved from the environment ministry to the agriculture ministry, which is run by the president’s farm industry allies.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • :o))

    REF: “operation to tackle illegal logging”:

    How about tackling the LEGAL Sales of Agro-Toxins? The Guardian: “Brazil finds worrying levels of pesticides in the water of 1'400 towns”

    http://www.chargeonline.com.br/php/charges/AUTO_son.jpg

    Jun 08th, 2019 - 10:13 am 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!