Report Exposes Inner Workings of Timber Trafficking in Peru
The report, released on November 9 by investigative watchdog group Global Witness, tells the story of the most high-profile anti-timber trafficking operation in Peruvian history: the November 2015 attempted seizure of illegal timber from the ship Yacu Kallpa as it was anchored in the Amazon River near the city of Iquitos.
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By the time they had finished their verification, investigators had established that 96 percent of the cargo — more than 9,500 square meters — was “not of legal origin.
False certificates of origin, abuse of designated “local forests,” corrupt forestry consultants and more; read the whole thing.