Events in Pará state put spotlight on logging


Two disparate developments this month—the murder of an American nun and a government decision to reinstate 14 logging licenses—have administered a double dose of public attention to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon state of Pará. By far the higher-profile of the two events was the Feb. 12 killing of Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old nun who had worked for years in Pará promoting small-scale sustainable farming and forestry while opposing illegal land grabs and deforestation by large-scale loggers and ranchers. (See “Brazil conflicted over road paving plan,”—EcoAméricas, June ’03.) Stang, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, was gunned down in a small settlement near the town of Anapu, about 435 miles (700 kms) southwest of the Pará state capital of... [Log in to read more]

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