Environment & Energy Report

Brazil Fines Loggers, Farmers $9.7 Million for Illegal Clearing in Savanna

Nov. 28, 2018, 8:54 PM

Dozens of landowners and land-grabbers have been fined 37.4 million reais ($9.7 million) in a crackdown that started Nov. 19 for illegally clearing 80 square kilometers (31 square miles) of private land in Brazil’s Cerrado, a vast, wooded grasslands south of the Amazon.

The fines and penalties issued by the enforcement arm of Brazil’s environment ministry, known as IBAMA, “make it the second-largest bust of the year in the Cerrado.” The fines were based on how much land was illegally cleared—"a considerable amount,” said Augusto Castilho, acting head of IBAMA in western Mato Grosso state

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