deforestation in the Amazon continues …
The Amazon rainforest is the largest in the world. In addition to being indispensable to
the planet’s climatic balance, it is home to an unbeatable biodiversity as well as
many populations who depend on it directly to live. Sadly,
it is also very vulnerable: for several decades now, it is the target of
guilty appetites of the big logging companies, which open avenues for
penetration in the heart of the dense forest and thus favors definitive deforestation for
In Brazil, for example, an area equivalent to twice the area of
Germany which has already been ravaged (740 000 km2), very often as a result
illegal logging. A new Greenpeace survey demonstrates
that the situation has not changed.
Because if the Brazilian authorities have put in place several measures supposed to stop his
abusive exploitation, these have so far proved largely ineffective,
in particular because they contain flaws that are exploited by the companies
forest. So much so that they continue not only to harvest wood
illegally, but that the money laundering system they use to sell
their wood on the world market remains perfectly operative.
Whitening and global market
To make believe that harvests actually illegal are legal is relatively simple: it
It suffices to make or obtain cutting quotas corresponding to fictitious trees.
Thanks to them, the wood harvested elsewhere, in the sensitive areas of the Amazon rainforest
can be machined quietly. And once the logs have left the sawmill, it becomes
almost impossible to know where they come from – from authorized areas or not.
Last year, after months of investigation, Greenpeace revealed how
the company Agropecuaria Santa Efigenia Ltd had laundered and passed for more than 7
millions of dollars of illegal timber.
Exorbitantly overestimating (1300%) the volumes of Ipe – a rare and
Highly valued – present on its concession, this company has obtained cutting quotas
fictitious, which were subsequently used to launder precious wood harvested illegally
Today, almost a year after the revelation of this scandal, the Brazilian authorities
confirmed that this company had been guilty of large-scale fraud and
that sanctions had been imposed. Alas, much too late: the wood sold by
the company has been sold on the world market for a long time.
A global problem
Companies like Agropecuaria Santa Efigênia Ltd rely on the
wood at the global level. For example, in the case of Agropecuaria Santa Efigênia Ltd, this
22 sawmills have machined the wood harvested by the company, which has
then sold to 45 exporters who, in turn, supplied approximately 150 importers
in different countries including Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom,
Israel, Canada, Mexico, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, etc. And
Since logs are almost impossible to trace once they have been placed on the market,
Delinquent companies are never worried. Consumers thus acquire
stolen wood in the heart of the Amazon rainforest without knowing it.
That’s why, following this new report, Greenpeace reminder to companies
which sell tropical timber that they have the obligation to take the
measures necessary to ascertain where it comes from and the conditions of its harvest, or
failing this, must stop buying and importing Brazilian wood. In May 2014, we
symbolically “sealed” wood imported from Brazil and the Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo on the port of La Rochelle, to denounce the inaction of France
against the import of illegal timber. Since then, teams of controllers have been
place in France. We are still waiting to be able to verify that the controls have
well place and are effective.
Parallel to the French and European efforts, it is imperative that the government
Brazilian reorganizes the entire forest industry in his country: it is indeed large
time that the authorities fulfill their obligations and really apply the laws
For the planet to continue to breathe properly, the destruction of the Amazon must
stop being a business.
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