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22/12/2012

Have Destroyed the Amazon? No Problem, Forests Will Pay the Bill

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jess Miller, Greenpeace* – Seven years ago, Leonardo Andrade Gomes was considered to be the single biggest forest destroyer in the Amazon. In addition to other infractions, he was found responsible for the deforestation of 12,500 hectares of Amazon forest and fined more than 18 million reais (US$8.6 million).

Amazon River in Brazil © Karla Gachet / Panos / Greenpeace. Aerial view of the Amazon River.  During its first voyage to Brazil, the new Rainbow Warrior will pass through the Amazon and down the Brazilian coast, to support a campaign for a zero deforestation law.

Amazon River in Brazil © Karla Gachet / Panos / Greenpeace. Aerial view of the Amazon River. During its first voyage to Brazil, the new Rainbow Warrior will pass through the Amazon and down the Brazilian coast, to support a campaign for a zero deforestation law.

Why is this relevant now? Because since then, the Brazilian government hasn’t been able to track him down or collect the fine. But one thing is for sure: the fines against him will be forgiven by the new Forest Code. Now, it will take very little to make this multi-million dollar debt disappear forever.

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