Two loggers who were caught in 2011 illegally deforesting an area of nearly 5,700 hectares in the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso were fined approximately €6.9 million (21 million Brazilian Reais) each for compensation for material damages. The illegal deforestation activities were identified in an area within the indigenous land named Sararé.
Each of the loggers will also have to pay approximately €9,900 (30,000 Brazilian Reais) for collective moral damages which will be directed to the Federal Fund for the Defence of Collective Rights. The investigation team, formed by the Federal Police and the National Indigenous Foundation (Funai), found that more than 21,000 cubic metres of timber were deforested.
According to the Federal Prosecutor William Tetsuo Teixeira Iwakiri, it is important that the magnitude of the damage and the condemnation are widely spread, to help discourage illegal deforestation. “Besides being a crime against the property of the Union and the environment, it [illegal deforestation] brings insecurity to the indigenous populations,” explains.
Source: Agência Brasil
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