The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently denounced that in Paraguay has illegally destroyed since January last year some 27,000 hectares of trees in the region where the Eastern Forest is located, an ecological jewel of the country.
According to data collected by satellite images, the international NGO found that only in the last month some 725 hectares were deforested in the province of Alto Paraná, near the city of Santa Rosa Ñacunday.
In the eastern region, which occupies almost half of the country, is banned since 2014 any processing activity and conversion of forest areas therefore WWF demands the judicial authorities to act and punish those responsible.
“This case is in the ownership of a Brazilian company called Forlim and is dedicated to soybeans,” said Aida Luz Aquino, director of the WWF in Paraguay.
The organization complained that despite the complaints of the peasants before the prosecutor and his own, openly, “in most of the cases reported ‘responsible’ are entirely unpunished or alternative measures or derisory fines that in no case compensate for the devastation that is occurring “in the country.
The High Paraná Atlantic Forest has particular ecosystems that do not exist elsewhere in the world and covers territory of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Aquino said that this case is one of hundreds that have been reported in the last year without comply with the law to the landowners.
“If we do not change the policy, we will soon be like Haiti, a country without natural resources, it will not be even a forest, ‘ she added. According to the source, the farmers in the area have been denouncing “constantly” before the prosecutor the facts “but they are ignored.”
According to WWF, the nearly 9 million hectares of forest that Paraguay has in 1950 have declined to 1.3 million by 2004, when the country achieved the highest rank of deforestation of America and the second in the world only got slowed down after passing the law known as “Zero Deforestation” but that affects half of the country.
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