The Enemy is Ourselves: Worst Illegal Amazonian Loggers Revealed by Brazilian Environment Minister


photo: Leo Freitas

You may have read about how the Brazilian government unveiled a draft plan on how it can fight and adapt to global warming, even saying that Amazonian deforestation could be stop by 2015. I won't go so far as to say that this next bit undermines that statement, but it certainly puts another twist in the road. The BBC is reporting that Brazil's Environment Ministry has drawn up a list of the 100 worst illegal loggers. Guess who's at the top of the list? The Brazilian government itself:550,000 Acres Controlled by Agency Deforested
Well, not the entire government... The report cited the Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Incra), a government department which distributes land to the poor as being the single worst deforestation offender. According to Environment Minister Carlos Minc, the six largest deforested areas, totaling some 550,000 acres, in the past three years were controlled by Incra.

Greenpeace has accused Incra of illegally handing over areas of rainforest to logging companies. For its part, Incra has said that all of the areas were legally settled between 1995 and 2002.

I wonder how Carlos Minc's statement that "we're going to blow all 100 [of the worst illegal loggers] out of the water and then some" will fly when another government agency is in his sights?

via :: BBC News
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