Seizures of illegal wood in Rondônia by the Federal Highway Police (PRF) totaled 2,981 cubic meters in the first half of 2020.

This compares to 336m3 in the first half of 2019, and represents an increase of 787% year-over-year.

Illegal wood seizures by the PRF in Rondônia Jan-Jun - 2019 vs 2020 (m3) (1)

 

According to the PRF, the increase is a result of better coordination with other forest law enforcement agencies, better technical training, and new technologies that allow for better wood identification.

Note that other institutions in other regions of the Brazilian Amazon have also seen significant increases.

SEMAS in Pará has seen an increase in illegal wood seizures of at least 41%.

The PRF in Mato Grosso reported an increase of 149%.

And in just one month, 14,000 cubic meters were seized across the region.

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