Argentina is on a podium that shows the lack of an environmental policy: it is one of the ten countries in the world that has cleared the most: between 1990 and 2015 7.6 million hectares of native forests were lost, something like 300 thousand hectares per year. According to a Greenpeace report, between January and June of this year, around 47,000 hectares of forests were cleared in the northern provinces to make way for livestock and transgenic soybeans.
80% of deforestation is centered in four provinces: Chaco, Formosa, Santiago del Estero and Salta, 42% of this logging occurred on protected land. Of all, Chaco was where thedeforestation. In the last six months, 17,000 hectares were cleared, 10,000 illegally. Santiago del Estero cleared 13,701 hectares, 8,003 protected. Formosa cleared 7,754 hectares, 136 illegally; Salta had a clearing of 7,009 hectares and 678 were protected. All illegal clearings correspond to lands protected by theForest Law that in Argentina is not fulfilled, it is only a mere slogan used politically by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
“Fines apply to offenders of the Forest Law but are not sufficient to discourage crime; in many cases thecomplicity of officials in violation of legal regulations ”, he affirmsHernan Giardini, Coordinator of the Greenpeace Forests campaign. "We are asking for aCriminal law that punishes those responsible to destroy native forests with penalties of 2 to 10 years in prison. Those who destroy forests are not entrepreneurs, they arecriminals”.
The numbers released by the environmental NGO are dark in terms of nature protection. Since the Forest Law was enacted in 2007 until the end of 2016, 2.4 million hectaresIn this immense pampa of fallen logs, 750,000 hectares were protected by that Law that costs so much to comply, fundamentally because politics uses "favors" to not comply with it to finance themselves, in this game of corruption the mayors are central protagonists, because It is under their government orbits where they look the other way,allowing the dismantling of producers friends of power.