Brazilian authorities have begun to fight illegal logging in the Amazonian tropical areas with the help of the army. The soldier is sent on a mission to protect the world’s largest forests from poachers and suppress crimes against nature for the second time in recent months, writes The Associated Press.
President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree re-sending soldiers to Brazil’s states of Para, Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Rondonia, where there has been a sharp increase in tree felling, two months after the withdrawal of troops from the territories. The military will guard the forests until the end of August. There are no further details on troop deployments, as well as the cost of the mission to save trees from destruction.
The felling of trees is also associated with the activities of the farmers. Livestock areas are being expanded, destroying the Amazonian jungle. In June, Vice President Amilton Moran announced a possible continuation of the military operation to protect forests ahead of the dry season.
The forests of the Amazon have thinned out over the years. The administration of US President Joe Biden is pushing for Bolsonaro to fight illegal logging more severely. In 2020, the destruction of tropical massifs broke the 2008 record. In 98.9 percent of cases, felling was illegal. As activists of the MapBiomas project, who studied land use in Brazil, found out, poachers received a fine only in 5 percent of cases. Environment Minister Ricardo Salles resigned on June 23 due to criticism and suspicion of aiding black loggers. The ex-official denies any involvement in violations of environmental legislation.
Preserving forest ecosystems is closely related to protecting the planet from global warming, as trees are natural sinks for carbon dioxide. In early June, Swedish industrialists who make money from timber products tried to prove the harmlessness of felling. Producers referred to the fact that old trees, on the contrary, are a source of carbon emissions, and replacing them with young ones is much more beneficial for the climate.