Breaking: Greenpeace Activists protest illegal logging at Lumber Liquidators’s supplier in Brazil

May 15, 2014

Uma investigação de dois anos do Greenpeace no estado do Pará revelou que o atual sistema de controle de madeira não é apenas falho, mas alimenta a degradação florestal e o desmatamento. Frequentemente, em vez de conter o crime, ele é usado para ‘lavar’ madeira produzida de forma ilegal e predatória que, mais tarde, será vendida a consumidores no Brasil e no mundo como se fosse ‘legal’. Na foto, ativistas ocupam a madeireira Pampa Exportações. Em Icoaraci, próximo a Belém, Pará, para expor a fragilidade do sistema de controle da madeira na Amazônia. AVISO DE COPYRIGHT: PROIBIDA UTILIZAÇÃO SEM CONSENTIMENTO DA AUTORA. PROIBIDO TERCEIRIZAÇÃO, REVENDA OU ARQUIVO. SOMENTE PARA USO EDITORIAL. PROIBIDO O USO COMERCIAL OU EM CAMPANHAS PUBLICITÁRIAS. CRÉDITO OBRIGATÓRIO. A two year Greenpeace investigation into the Brazilian Amazon timber sector exposes widespread illegalities and manipulation of the system to launder illegal timber with legal paperwork. This timber is then sold all over the world, with two thirds going to the USA and Europe. Greenpeace activists also took action against a key sawmill nearby Para state capitol, Belem, which has been associated with illegalities in the timber sector and linked with the US timber market. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: NO USE BEFORE AUTHOR'S KNOWLEDGE. NO THIRD PARTS, NO RESALE, NO ARCHIVE, FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. CREDIT-LINE COMPULSORY.

Otávio Almeida

This morning, Greenpeace activists from all over Brazil and the US halted the operations of a Brazilian timber exporter, Pampa Exportacoes, in Belm, Para. Pampa Exportacoess primary international customer is Lumber Liquidators, the largest national flooring retailer. This happened today, after Greenpeace published a two year investigation on illegal logging in the Amazon.

[caption id="attachment_26887" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Greenpeace Brazil activists protest  at the Pampa sawmill nearby the Para state capital, Belem, which has been associated with illegalities in the timber sector and linked with the US timber market. Greenpeace Brazil activists protest at the Pampa sawmill nearby the Para state capital, Belem, which has been associated with illegalities in the timber sector and linked with the US timber market.[/caption] The exporter has been fined by the government, to the tune of about one million USD. It has purchased timber from saw mills that are known to have processed laundered illegal timber. Over the last five years, the government has issued nearly 80 million USD in fines to saw mill suppliers overall. Activists brandished banners that said Lumber Liquidators: Dont buy Amazon Crime, Laundering Timber for Export, and Crime. crimepic Uncontrolled logging in the Amazon is happening now. Customers of Brazilian wood products have no assurances that their wood is coming from legal sources. Lumber Liquidators markets itself on outlets like National Public Radio (NPR) as a sustainable flooring option. If the company really cared about sustainability it would make itself a leading example and clean its supply chain. It would not simply trust the paperwork of a broken system. [caption id="attachment_26888" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Greenpeace Brazil activists unfurl banners reading (in Portuguese): 'Your Laundered Wood' during a protest  at the Pampa  sawmill nearby the Para state capital, Belem, Greenpeace Brazil activists unfurl banners reading (in Portuguese): 'Your Laundered Wood' during a protest at the Pampa sawmill nearby the Para state capital, Belem,[/caption]

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