Author: Alexandrapopescu

A team of journalists followed in the footsteps of five Mennonite colonies that have been reported for clearing forests by Indigenous communities and locals in Bolivia, Colombia, México, Paraguay and Perú. Many of these cases are being investigated by prosecutors and environmental authorities.Authors of a recent study to understand the extension of Mennonite presence in the region say that the expansion will continue as the colonies grow in size and continue to pursue farming, creating new colonies.Many of these cases are being investigated by prosecutors and environmental authorities. “They bought new land and they are cutting wood where our ancestors…

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The Peruvian city of Moyobamba is renowned for implementing a novel nature-based solution (NbS) project, charging water tariffs to locals and channeling the funds into conservation initiatives to save its local water sources.Peru’s Environment Ministry and other environmental organizations have been working to scale up NbS in the country, particularly to tackle water scarcity issues as in Moyobamba’s case.Part of Moyobamba’s success lies in including water utilities in the NbS plans, as the World Resources Institute says it’s essential to include infrastructure service providers to make scaled NbS initiatives work.Critics of NbS projects say they’re an inadequate response to the…

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Nearly 1,000 major fires burned in the Amazon during its 2022 fire season, according to the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP).The Brazilian Amazon accounted for the vast majority of the fires, and most burned in recently deforested areas.MAAP uses unique satellite data detecting aerosol emissions alongside regular heat alerts, which helps filter out small fires.Fires clearing logging debris are linked to soy-driven deforestation in some Brazilian Amazon areas, where many soy-trading companies have not signed zero-deforestation commitments. This year’s Amazon fire season was milder than the previous two years, but there were still nearly 1,000 major fires, many…

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Representatives of the world’s three forest giants – Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo – have signed a cooperation agreement in Jakarta calling for more funding to help protect half of the world’s rainforests.The statement follows a loss of 2.3 million hectares (5.7 million acres) of primary forest in the three countries in 2021, most notably due to skyrocketing deforestation rates in Brazil, responsible for almost 50% of global deforestation last year, according to data by the Global Forest Watch.Critics say the joint statement lacks action and real commitment. Others say it is a step in the right…

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A new investigation into industrial poultry farming in Brazil claims that chicken fed with corn and soya beans grown on deforested land or with unclear origins is ending up on British dinner plates and supermarket shelves.The joint investigation by Reporter Brasil and Ecostorm, published on Thursday, once again highlights how global food chains are linked to mounting deforestation in a country that is home to some of the world’s most important biomes and food producers.The investigation claims suppliers of soya beans and corn used to feed chicken produced by the American food processing company JBS were linked to deforested areas…

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A new investigation into industrial poultry farming in Brazil claims that chicken fed with corn and soya beans grown on deforested land or with unclear origins is ending up on British dinner plates and supermarket shelves.The joint investigation by Reporter Brasil and Ecostorm, published on Thursday, once again highlights how global food chains are linked to mounting deforestation in a country that is home to some of the world’s most important biomes and food producers.The investigation claims suppliers of soya beans and corn used to feed chicken produced by the American food processing company JBS were linked to deforested areas…

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A report by the Amazon Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG) claims that 26% of Amazon forests have transformed irreversibly and show high levels of degradation.The savannization of the Amazon is already visible in Brazil and Bolivia, while Ecuador, Colombia and Peru seem to be heading in the same direction.The report also seeks to make visible the role of Indigenous peoples in protecting the Amazon, and to ensure that Indigenous people are at the center of the fight against climate change. Across the entire 847 million hectares of Amazonian territory, some 26% of its forests are showing evidence of deforestation…

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A report by the Amazon Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG) claims that 26% of Amazon forests have transformed irreversibly and show high levels of degradation.The savannization of the Amazon is already visible in Brazil and Bolivia, while Ecuador, Colombia and Peru seem to be heading in the same direction.The report also seeks to make visible the role of Indigenous peoples in protecting the Amazon, and to ensure that Indigenous people are at the center of the fight against climate change. Across the entire 847 million hectares of Amazonian territory, some 26% of its forests are showing evidence of deforestation…

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A report by the Amazon Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG) claims that 26% of Amazon forests have transformed irreversibly and show high levels of degradation.The savannization of the Amazon is already visible in Brazil and Bolivia, while Ecuador, Colombia and Peru seem to be heading in the same direction.The report also seeks to make visible the role of Indigenous peoples in protecting the Amazon, and to ensure that Indigenous people are at the center of the fight against climate change. Across the entire 847 million hectares of Amazonian territory, some 26% of its forests are showing evidence of deforestation…

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A report by the Amazon Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG) claims that 26% of Amazon forests have transformed irreversibly and show high levels of degradation.The savannization of the Amazon is already visible in Brazil and Bolivia, while Ecuador, Colombia and Peru seem to be heading in the same direction.The report also seeks to make visible the role of Indigenous peoples in protecting the Amazon, and to ensure that Indigenous people are at the center of the fight against climate change. Across the entire 847 million hectares of Amazonian territory, some 26% of its forests are showing evidence of deforestation…

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