Brazil gov't agency selling Amazon forest land, alleges Greenpeace

Greenpeace has alleged that Brazilian government is selling off land in the Amazon forest to logging companies which are exploiting the same for financial gain.

Brazil gov't agency selling Amazon forest land, alleges Greenpeace

Greenpeace has alleged that Brazilian government is selling off land in the Amazon forest to logging companies which are exploiting the same for financial gain.

The report follows a claim by the Brazilian environment ministry that deforestation in the Amazon had dropped to 1970 levels.

The National Institute of Colonization and Land Reform (Incra) is the main agency in Brazil responsible for land allotment. Greenpeace says that instead of allotting empty tracts of land, the agency is giving away land that is a part of the pristine rainforest.

The charity says that it has uncovered all these facts following an eight-month investigation. It also alleges that land in the fully protected Amazon National Park is also being given away.

"Campaigners from our Brazilian office have also uncovered evidence showing that Incra has worked with logging companies to position these settlements in areas where sought-after timber can be found, so companies can make a profit from clearing the land as well as open up new areas of the forest for exploitation," Greenpeace revealed on its web site.

Brazilian Environment Minister Marina da Silva says that the government will investigate these allegations. He added that satellite imagery had conclusively proved that Amazon deforestation had come down drastically.

Martin Booth

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