Regional authorities from Uyacali, Peru wish to remove protections for 3.5 million hectares of Amazon rainforest, which will result in a direct threat to 100,000 hectares from settlers and agribusiness.
According to Intercontinental Cry, these areas were previously declared as “Permanent Production Forests” or BPP for its initials in Spanish and they had a high degree of legal protection against deforestation.
“Despite this, on 28 June the Ucayali Agrarian Agency, the regional office of the Forestry and Wildlife Service, district mayors and other Regional Government of Ucayali officials set up a commission which will have the ability to strip protections for BPP-classified forests, and enable settlers to obtain certificates giving them rights over invaded lands”, the aforementioned website said.
In addition, if these lands are in fact invaded and deforested it would render practically meaningless the emission reduction commitments and deforestation targets made by the Peruvian government to the international community and bilateral donors.
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