03 September 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


NGO concerns over the proposed 30% target for protected areas and absence of safeguards for Indigenous Peoples and local communities
ReliefWeb, 02 Sep 2020

One hundred twenty-eight environmental and human rights NGOs and experts today warn that a United Nations drive to increase global protected areas such as national parks could lead to severe human rights violations and cause irreversible social harm for some of the world's poorest people. Concerns about the human cost of the proposal as well as its efficacy as an environmental measure are growing as nature protection in regions such as Africa's Congo Basin and South Asia has become increasingly militarized in recent years.

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Survival of Indigenous communities at risk as Amazon fire season advances
Mongabay, 02 Sep 2020

The number of major Amazon fires this year has more than doubled since August 13, with most of those fires being illegal. 674 major fires were detected between May 28 and September 2, with a sharp increase inside Indigenous territories in the last two weeks, raising concerns among Indigenous leaders.Indigenous groups are being left to fight the fires on their own, without support from government institutions.

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The EU must face its responsibility for the Amazon fires
Euractiv, 31 Aug 2020

The world’s attention is diverted, but the Amazon is burning with a fury not seen for decades. In July, Brazil’s space institute INPE registered 6,803 fire hotspots in the Amazon – 1,500 more than 2019 – most of which were started deliberately, betting on long-term demand for key commodities like soy.Europe is thousands of kilometers away from Brazil, but millions of its farm animals – which provide meat and dairy for our daily diet – are fed on imported soy.

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Mapping environmental crime seen as key to slowing Amazon forest losses
Reuters, 30 Aug 2020

A share of the cattle supplied to Brazil’s markets are fattened on illegally deforested Amazon land. To conceal that fact from buyers, the animals often are passed through many hands and holdings before being sold, Brazilian researchers said. To disrupt the activities of such networks, and prevent illegally sourced products flooding global markets, making the connections clear is vital, said Ilona Szabó, executive director of the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think-think that published the study this week.

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One Brazilian farmer tried – and failed – to ranch more responsibly in the Amazon
Reuters, 28 Aug 2020

Brazilian ranchers, pushing deeper into the Amazon each year, are the world's biggest exporters of beef. One tells Reuters why lax registries, weak law enforcement and the opaque beef business thwarted a plan to make his herd deforestation-free.

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