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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Greenpeace Brazil activists unfurl banners reading (in Portuguese): ‘Your Laundered Wood’ during a protest at the Pampa sawmill nearby the Para state capital, Belem,
Daniel is the Forests Campaign Director, based in San Francisco. His portfolio includes the Amazon, the Canadian Boreal, and environmental certification schemes like the Forest Stewardship Council. He splits his time between the San Francisco and Manaus offices.