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An illegal logger in Peru
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US Makes Commercial Move to Reduce Illegal Logging in Peru

The United States has blocked imports from a Peru timber exporter suspected of illegal logging in a move that is the first of its kind. But the impact of the...
A totoaba found in Mexico
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How Mexican Crime Groups Profit From Illegal Fish Bladder Trade

A new report has highlighted the need for authorities in Mexico to treat the trafficking of illegal fish bladders as an urgent security issue, assessing the factors...
Deforestation poses a serious risk in Colombia
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Report Links Spike in Colombia Deforestation to FARC Demobilization

A new report says deforestation in Colombia increased considerably in 2016, with over a third of deforestation occurring in FARC concentration zones created as part...
Trump's withdrawal from the Paris deal could hurt security in Latin America
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How Trump’s Environmental Policy Undermines LatAm Security

US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a global agreement to fight climate change hinders efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Latin America...
Drug trafficking has been linked to deforestation in Central America
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Drug Traffickers Destroying Large Sections of CentAm Forests: Report

A new study estimates that up to 30 percent of all deforestation in three Central American countries is due to cocaine trafficking, providing some much-needed data...
Indigenous territory in Nicaragua
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Nicaragua Indigenous Leader Says Loggers Offering Weapons for Wood

An indigenous leader in Nicaragua says loggers are offering weapons to his community in exchange for illegally logging forests in their territory, providing yet...
Loggers move tree trunks down the Putaya River in Peru
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Corruption, Lack of Capacity Drive Illegal Logging in Peru: Report

A new investigation by the Associated Press has shed additional light on how corruption and lack of political will act as prime drivers of Peru's lucrative illegal...
GFI estimates transnational crime to be a multi-trillion dollar industry annually.
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Governments Must Go After the Money to Combat Transnational Crime: Report

A new report estimates that transnational crime in the developing world may be a multi-trillion dollar annual business, generating huge illicit financial flows that...
Brazil's Minister of the Environment, Sarney Filho
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Brazil Launches Program to Trace Illegal Logging in Amazon

Authorities in Brazil have announced a new strategy to reduce illegal logging and timber trafficking in the Amazon, but the plan is likely to face serious obstacles...
Land activists are more likely to be killed in Honduras than anywhere else in the world.
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Report Reveals Intersection of Development Projects, Organized Crime in Honduras

A new report by the watchdog group Global Witness suggests that state institutions co-opted by business and political elites helped transform Honduras into the...
Indigenous environmental activist Isidro Baldenegro López
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Mexico Activist’s Murder Highlights Environmental Threat of Organized Crime

The murder in Mexico of indigenous activist and human rights defender Isidro Baldenegro López highlights the inevitablity of deadly collisions between...
Slain activist Berta Cáceres
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High Profile Honduras Murder Case File Stolen

In an incredible turn of events, the case file in the murder of Honduras' activist Berta Cáceres was apparently stolen, leaving the government and the...