A palm oil producer has leveled some 7,000 hectares of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon, highlighting the risks of oil palm expansion in the world's largest tropical forest, reports El Comercio.
Setting priorities to avoid deforestation in Amazon protected areas: are we choosing the right indicators?, Environmental Research Letters, 8, 1-7.
In another blow to illegal loggers, Australia has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, joining the U.S. in outlawing the importation of illegal logged timber from abroad. The new legislation makes it a criminal offense for Australian businesses to import timber from illegal operations.
Brazil enacted a controversial law on Thursday meant to protect forests and force farmers to replant trees on scattered swathes of illegally cleared land totaling an area roughly the size of Italy.
In Guatemala’s vast Maya Biosphere Reserve, conservation groups are battling to preserve a unique rainforest now under threat from Mexican drug cartels, Salvadoran drug gangs, and Chinese-backed groups illegally logging prime tropical hardwoods.
12 February 2012 - Brazilian activists who inform on illegal loggers laying waste to the rainforests can expect a visit from the gunmen
Up for Grabs. Millions of hectares of customary land in PNG stolen for logging. Sydney: Greenpeace Australia Pacific.