Previously we presented maps of deforestation hotspots in the Peruvian Amazon for the periods 2012-2014 and 2015, respectively. In this MAAP we present a complementary analysis based on the size of the deforestation events.
The way Peru is pushing the production of oil palm in the Amazon is weakening these pledges.
They warn with a statement of the fierce advance of deforestation for oil palm, and they claim that Peru’s government institutions are not fulfilling their duties of control and supervision..
Deforestation continues to increase in the Peruvian Amazon. According to the latest information from the Peruvian Environment Ministry, 2014 had the highest annual forest loss on record since 2000.
The cultivation of oil palm in the Ucayali region, in Peru, causes devastation of primary forests, changing the face of the Amazon to agricultural land without authorization.
Oil palm plantations on a large scale started in 2011 near the town of Nueva Requena, Ucayali region, today cover almost 12,200 hectares.
Cocoa plantations near Tamshiyacu, northeastern Peru, devastated more than 2,100 hectares of forest between May 2013 and August 2014 in an area called Fundo Tamshiyacu
NGOs allege illegal deforestation of primary rainforest to plant cacao and oil palm, in Tamshiyacu, Loreto region, Peru.
Superior Court of Justice of Lima suspended four resolutions of the Ministry of Agriculture to allowed the development of two big oil palm projects in Peruvian region of Loreto .
Watch an interview on the situation and prospects of land use change caused by oil palm monocultures in the Amazon forests.