Diana Ríos Rengifo took on the defense of the Peruvian Amazon after the murder of her father, a well-known Asheninka leader in the fight against illegal loggers. The trees in Saweto, a community located near the Peruvian border with Brazil, are highly coveted on the market and are threatened by indiscriminate logging.
In December 2015, Actualidad Ambiental reported that a large number of illegal miners were working on both sides of the Malinowski River, which separates the Tambopata National Reserve from its buffer zone.
Raimundo Rodrigues dos Santos was murdered in Maranhão state, Brazil, after threats for denouncing illegal logging. He was murdered when he came home.
Ucayali, in Peru, is the second region of the country with the highest rate of deforestation accumulated, reaching almost 700 000 hectares.
The country loses $ 250 million annually by illegal logging, say Interpol
The Brazilian government has made several attempts to take control of logging in the Amazon. But despite high-profile crackdowns, the trade in illegal timber is vast and growing.
The Brazilian army has sent in hundreds of soldiers, in addition to tanks and helicopters, to break up the illegal logging camps.