Peru’s Ministry of Environment denounces Dennis Melka, CEO of United Cacao, as responsible for more than 13,000 hectares of forest loss in the Peruvian Amazon.
The Ministry of Environment of Peru formally denounced Dennis Melka, CEO of United Cacao, for the illegal deforestation of over 13,000 hectares in the Amazon.
Under the guise of Cacao del Peru Norte, United Cacao is responsible for this deforestation on land that is officially zoned as forest production. Agriculture and plantation activity is explicitly illegal under this classification.
Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) informs that 92.6% of United Cacao’s deforestation occurred in this zone officially reserved for forest growth.
According to Mongabay, United Cacao has promoted this plantation as “sustainable” despite the fact that it was established by “illegally clearing primary forests.” Organizations have written the London Stock Exchange asking for sanctions but there has been no response; United Cacao’s trading price continues to rise.
The establishment of the plantation’s illegality against Peru’s zoning laws is only another step towards building a case. So far, United Cacao and Dennis Melka remain untouched.