Indigenous community in Peru losing forests to timber, drug, land trafficking

  • The Indigenous community of Santa Rosillo de Yanayacu, located in northern Peru, has been facing illegal timber, drug and land trafficking for the past several years.
  • Satellite data and imagery suggest deforestation associated with these incursions has increased in 2022.
  • The community lacks a communal land title to their territorial forests; experts say this is opening the door to setters who are using threats to bar regional authorities from intervening.
  • Santa Rosillo de Yanayacu is one of a number of Indigenous communities in the region contending with deforestation from outsiders. 

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