Redeployments of police and military personnel to tackle the Covid pandemic have given illegal loggers ample opportunity to freely operate in the Peruvian Amazon. Now, in a scramble to revive an economy battered by lockdowns, Peruvian authorities are looking to increase the use of the Amazon’s resources, calling for exemptions that could ramp up pressures on the forest. Collusion between officials and those involved in illegal activities threaten the effective implementation of sustainable forestry initiatives involving the indigenous population.

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