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Bureaucratic tangle favors illegal logging

• http://lapress.org, Cecilia Remón
“For every legal tree, three illegal trees can be laundered,” said Julia Urrunaga, Forests and Climate Policy advisor at the US-based Environmental Investigation Agency, or EIA.

Urrunaga was referring to the bureaucratic melee that legalizes, through documents that the authorities never check, the trade of timber from unauthorized areas in the Peruvian Amazon.

An EIA report, “The Laundering Machine: How fraud and corruption in Peru’s concession system are destroying the future of its forests,” released in Lima on Apr. 10, explains how the system works.

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