Deforestation in Brazil is 94% illegal: Report

As per a report, published by a group of university researchers and experts from environmental organisations including the World Wildlife Fund Brazil and the Centro da Vida Institute,  around 94 %  of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is illegal, and President Jair Bolsonaro’s promise to eliminate it looks doubtful given a lack of transparency on authorized land use, 

The report found that 94 per cent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and surrounding Matopiba region is illegal. 

That is partly because even in cases where farmers, ranchers, loggers and others have permits to clear land, the authorities are unable to document how those permits are being used on the ground, it said. 

“The differentiation between legal and illegal deforestation is a key factor to ensure that Brazil’s agricultural and forestry production is not contaminated by environmental crimes,” it said. 

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