Editorial

Suriname preparing to clear Amazon for Agriculture

  • Posted 2 months ago
  • Nature, News

The government of Suriname is weighing a series of land deals that would allow the Ministry of Agriculture and a group of private entities to carry out agriculture, livestock and aquaculture activities on hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, most of it Amazon Rainforest.

The government of Suriname has made plans to appropriate a massive stretch of the Amazon Rainforest for projects related to agriculture and livestock. If finalized, the deal could allow unprecedented deforestation and challenge a campaign by Indigenous communities to win rights to ancestral territory.

The land deals under consideration would grant the Ministry of Agriculture and a group of private entities the ability to carry out “agriculture, livestock and aquaculture” activities on hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, most of it Amazon Rainforest, according to documents reviewed by Mongabay, which include maps and correspondence between several government offices.

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