Peru has been suffering from deforestation for a while, but the citizens and scientists are determined to come up with innovative ways to fight it.
Some of the causes of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon are illegal gold mining and livestock farming, especially in the region of Madre de Dios.
“Hundreds of trees are chopped down somewhere on (the) globe every second, put together the area felled is bigger than a football pitch”, said CGTN in an article published on Wednesday.
Peru holds the second largest section of the Amazon, just after Brazil, and vast parts of it are continuingly being cleared for globally traded commodities, such as timber, palm oil and gold.
“And it is gold fever which has laid waste to huge swathes of Madre De Dios – Peru’s southern-most Amazon region”, the aforementioned article explained.
They also said that it is from the air where you can see the extent of the damage done, which has taken place mostly during the last eight years.
In addition, the sum of lost forest during the last three decades amounts nearly to 100 square kilometers.
“‘There’s still a lot of green and the green is hope. That’s what science is for, to look for solutions,’ César Ascorra, director, CINCIA Amazon research institution, told CGTN”.
Part of the reforestation experiment consists of analyzing species that can survive in the sand left behind by mining and also soil recovery with a compost that blocks the absorption of mercury.
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