Forests for sale: How land traffickers profit by slicing up Bolivia’s protected areas

  • Shortly after Bolivia’s Bajo Paraguá Municipal Protected Area was established in February 2021, authorities began receiving reports of invasions and deforestation in and around the new protected area.
  • Local sources say land traffickers are illegally buying up plots of protected land to resell, often repeatedly, to third parties.
  • Mongabay spoke with one of these third parties, a man who said he purchased access to land in Bajo Paraguá from land traffickers before being evicted by the same traffickers so that they could sell the land to someone else.
  • The man said traffickers have resorted to threats of violence to intimidate local communities from reporting incursions.

Source: Forests for sale: How land traffickers profit by slicing up Bolivia’s protected areas