08/02/2018 Environment

128,000 hectares deforested in Argentina last year according to Greenpeace

In 2017, more than 128,000 hectares of forest were destroyed in the North of Argentina, according to Greenpeace's latest report issued on Wednesday, representing an increase compared with 2016.

Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown stre
Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown stre

Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown streets of Cordoba to Plaza San Martín to demonstrate in defense of the native forest and claim a provincial law on forest protection.

Laura Lescano / LANA (06/28/2017)

 
 
 
 
 

The environment group found that the northern provinces of Salta, Santiago del Estero, Formosa y Chaco registered 80 percent of the country's deforestation, due to the lack of law enforcement and political will in this region.

Greenpeace's head of Woods Hernan Giardini explained that mass deforestation decreased since the Bill on Woods was promulgated in 2007, but increased in protected areas because the fines contemplated in the bill were “extremely low.”

 

Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown stre
Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown stre

Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown streets of Cordoba to Plaza San Martín to demonstrate in defense of the native forest and claim a provincial law on forest protection.

Laura Lescano / LANA (06/28/2017)

 
 
 

Sometimes, companies even appeal the sanctions and managed to avoid paying the fine, sometimes they include the fines as an additional cost in a way that keep deforestation bankable.

“They buy a ranch at a very cheap price, deforest the surroundings, pay the fine, and don't reforest,” said Giardiani.

Since the 2007 Bill on Woods implemented under the former administration of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, about 2,4 million of hectares have been deforested, including 750,000 of protected areas.

 

Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown stre
Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown stre

Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown streets of Cordoba to Plaza San Martín to demonstrate in defense of the native forest and claim a provincial law on forest protection.

Laura Lescano / LANA (06/28/2017)

 
 
 
 

In 2016, Greenpeace Argentina proposed legislation making deforestation illegal, including arson, and not just subject to economic and political sanctions, but also criminal ones.

The spike in deforestation in the region— where land is relatively cheaper— is likely driven by increasing meat consumption in recent years, according to Giardini.

Deforestation goes hand in hand with violent evictions of indigenous campesinos living in these areas, with agribusiness entrepreneurs occasionally hiring armed paramilitary groups to carry out the displacement.

 

Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown stre
Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown stre

Córdoba, Argentina (06/28/2017) .- In the archive photo taken on June 28 in Córdoba, in the center of Argentina, with the slogan "No al dismonte", environmental, social, political, student, union organizations and supporters mobilized in the downtown streets of Cordoba to Plaza San Martín to demonstrate in defense of the native forest and claim a provincial law on forest protection.

Laura Lescano / LANA (06/28/2017)

 
 
 
 

According to Greenpeace, local state officials and agribusiness corporations illegally collaborate to make systematic large-scale deforestation possible by issuing local decrees allowing deforestation on natural reserves protected by federal laws banning tree-harvesting.

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