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The dismissal of top security officials in the Brazilian state of Amazonas suggests corruption could complicate Lula’s battle to save Amazon.
Leaders in Belém failed to discuss measures to combat organized criminal groups perpetrating environmental crimes in the Amazon.
The tri-border where Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela meet has long served as a transit corridor for cocaine.
Legal protections for the Amazon rainforest are complicated by different domestic laws and competing interests across countries.
Deep in the vast jungle of the Amazon, critical primary forests are being razed to mine gold, grow coca, and harvest timber.
Illegal mining is by far the most widespread and insidious environmental crime occurring in the Amazon’s tri-border regions.