Mongabay: CIPÓ comments on the role of heavy machinery in deforestation in the Amazon

On August 4, CIPÓ provided insights to an article published by Mongabay on the role of heavy machinery — tractors, excavators, among others — in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

A new report by Repórter Brasil concludes that heavy machinery is used in most stages of almost all activities that drive deforestation, including cattle ranching, industrial agriculture and mining, among others. The lack of oversight by the government, manufacturers and banks that provide loans to purchase the machines means that almost anyone can buy one for any purpose.

The report suggests that GPS tracking technologies be implemented for all heavy machinery and that banks carry out more stringent due diligence measures.

“Those [GPS] technologies do exist, but we need better coordination of political power to use them in a more widespread fashion and then generate the mechanisms for law enforcement to actually track, monitor and investigate,”

Adriana Abdenur, Executive Director of CIPÓ
Plataforma CIPÓ
Plataforma CIPÓ
Plataforma CIPÓ is an independent, women-led policy institute focusing on climate, governance, and peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean and, more generally, the Global South.



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