Sustainable Development

Latin America is squandering its most valuable resource. Here’s what we need to do

An IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment) official checks timber that is suspected of having been illegally logged in the northeastern state of Para April 14, 2010. Brazilian Federal Police, IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment), Instituto Chico Mendes Biodiversity (ICMBio), Amazon protection system (Sipam) and National Force, started on Monday an operation called "Delta" to combat the deforestation of the Amazon and the illegal trade in wood. More than 5,000 cubic meters (176,751 cubic feet) of tree trunks and wood cut from native species have been confiscated in Pará State, according to officials.  REUTERS/Paulo Santos  (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW) - GM1E64F0JAD01

Logging and other activities can result in the destruction of biodiversity. Image: REUTERS/Paulo Santos

Claudio Padua
Vice-President and Rector, Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPE)
Suzana Padua
Co-Founder and President, Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPE)
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