While the world is under the spell of the Covid-19 outbreak, deforestation in the Amazon forest is once again returning to dramatic proportions. The Brazilian government, under Bolsonaro, wants to use the corona crisis to relax legislation to protect the forest.
Bureau Buitenland talks to criminologist and Amazon expert Tim Boekhout van Solinge and Hilde Stroot, Biodiversity Greenpeace program director, about the worrying developments.
Article in Binnenlands Bestuur
Goede landregistratie en kennis van criminologie zorgen samen voor een goede aanpak van ontbossing en illegale houtkap. Het Kadaster en criminoloog Tim Boekhout van Solinge sloegen de handen uiteen.
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Article in Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade
This article, written by Tim Boekhout van Solinge, tells the story of how Forest Forces came to be. In 2014, Tim initiated a research project with indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon to investigate the effectivity of GPS-camera’s. This project showed how the camera’s helped a tribe to expel several logging companies from their territory. Therefore, the GPS-camera’s can be an effective, inexpensive way to support indigenous tribes in their fight against deforestation.
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On 2 November 2018, the Dutch radio documentary about the GPS forest crime prevention project in the Brazilian Amazon won the Best Report Award of Free Press Unlimited. Tim Boekhout van Solinge and chief Odair ‘Dadá’ Borari of Maró Indigenous Territory (Lower Amazon, Brazil) are the main characters of the radio documentary (in Dutch).
The makers of the radio documentary, Mirjam van Biemen and Mijke van Wijk, joined Tim to the Brazilian Amazon in October 2017. In November 2018 they received the Best Report award at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
Dutch interview with Mirjam van Biemen and Mijke van Wijk
Read more about the report (in Dutch)