Nearly a quarter of Chaco deforestation potentially illegal, says Paraguay enforcement agency

Friday, February 15th, 2019

New data released by Paraguay’s environment enforcement agency reveals that nearly a quarter of all deforestation that took place in the Gran Chaco between August 2017 and August 2018 may have been illegal.

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Deforestation in the Chaco spikes in the wake of “illegal” presidential decree stripping back environmental safeguards

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Satellite monitoring by the environmental organisation Guyra Paraguay has revealed that deforestation in the Gran Chaco biome in South America increased last October after Paraguay’s President issued a potentially illegal decree allowing cattle ranchers to evade restrictions on deforestation.

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“Illegal” decree strips protection from area of forest the size of Belgium, used by Paraguayan President to authorise clearance on own ranch

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The President of Paraguay issued a potentially illegal decree freeing ranchers to accelerate the already catastrophically high rate of deforestation in the country’s Chaco region, then immediately used it to clear forest on his own ranch, an investigation by newspaper ABC Color has revealed.

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WWF uncovers illegal deforestation of more than 3,000 hectares in Paraguay’s Atlantic Forest

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Satellite analysis has found indications of the illegal deforestation of more than 3,000 hectares within two private protected areas and one legally recognised indigenous territory in violation of the ‘zero deforestation’ law.

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Ill-Gotten Lands: Deforestation and isolation in Paraguay’s Gran Chaco

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

When the government of Paraguay enacted a law banning deforestation in 2004, it marked what might have become one of the most significant success stories in global forest conservation. Instead, it helped spark one of the world’s most pressing environmental crises.

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