False documents facilitate illegal sale of land in Brazilian indigenous reserve

13.02.2017

Deforestation of an indigenous reserve in the Brazilian state of Rondonia has intensified after false documents were allegedly drawn up to illegally sell off pockets of land for agriculture.

According to the Jupaú indigenous people, who inhabit the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau reservation, grileiros – people who falsify documents to sell estates illegally – have demarcated 100-hectare plots within the reservation to sell them to loggers, farmers and cattle ranchers.

The Jupaú accuse “invaders” of logging brazil nut trees and itaúba, both valuable protected species, and then clearing the remaining vegetation to make way for corn and soy plantations or cattle ranching. The Jupaú also claim to have observed trucks transporting timber through 100km of roads illegally opened within the reservation.

In a letter sent to the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Porto Velho, Rondonia’s capital, the Jupaú call on the authorities to investigate the illegalities. The organisation Associação de Defesa Etnoambiental Kanindé, which supports the community, accuses the federal government of inaction despite clear evidence of illegal activities within Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau.

The reservation amounts to 1.87 million hectares and is home to Jupaú, Amondawa and Oro Win indigenous villages, as well as uncontacted communities. The organisation says that invasions started in 2014 but intensified last year.

Deforestation data published on Global Forest Watch suggests that the reserve has acted as a highly effective buffer to deforestation. The area surrounding it for hundreds of kilometres has been subject to high levels of deforestation, which abruptly ends at the borders of the reserve:

See the original article in Amazônia Real to read more.

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