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).
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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