The Brazilian NGO Imazon has released a report regarding timber harvests in the state of Pará for the period August 2016 – July 2017.

Key findings of the report include:

  • 60% of the 54,424 hectares logged did not have authorization from the competent body.
  • Among the areas that were authorized, 30% presented inconsistencies including: over-estimation of high-value species (Ipe), areas without signs of logging but with movement of log credits, and authorized area greater than the are of management.
  • Of the total area logged without authorization, 85% occurred in private, voluntary, or disputed areas, 9% in Land Reform Settlements, and only 6% in protected areas (Indigenous Lands and Conservation Units).
  • There was a reduction of 48% in the total area logged compared to the prior period (August 2015 – July 2016).

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Buyers sourcing wood products originating in the forests of Pará should verify the legality of these forest management units. Contact us to learn how.

Read the full report here.

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