On 8 November, a report from Insight Crime says that an investigation – conducted with Igarapé Institute – reveals how wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, illicit gold mining, and slash-and-burn land clearance are spreading across 5 Amazonian countries: Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Guyana, and Suriname.  It traces the chain of actors involved in the plunder, from the labour force harvesting trees and digging up gold to the brokers and corrupt officials that launder the ill-gotten materials.  It also uncovers the land trafficking schemes that serve settlers who invade forests to sow palm oil and soy, as well as raise cattle, for the benefit of large-scale agribusiness.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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