Logging is strictly licensed in the region, however it happens illegally on a widespread basis (). Timber is only supposed to be harvested in designated areas () Logging directly accounts for two to three percent of deforestation action (Figure 4.). To crack down on the deforestation, Brazil is putting more people out in the forests to monitor activities (). Additionally, the government will try to fine agencies which buy or use products that came from deforested land (). Electronic logging certificates are now being instituted to reduce fraudulent certificates which are causing widespread deforestation (Wallace 2007). The worst deforestation is occurring in Mato Grosso, Para and Rondonia () (Figure 6). In 2003, 17 people were arrested for illegally cutting down 10,000 hectares of timber ().
The cattle operation never made a profit, but government write-offs sheltered huge logging profits earned off of logging other land in the Brazilian rainforest owned by the same investors.
Figure 4. Types of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon ().
These generous tax and credit incentives have created more than 29 million acres of large cattle ranches in the Brazilian Amazon, even though the typical ranch could cover less than half its costs without these subsidies.
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More and more rainforest is destroyed to meet the demands of the developed world's paper industry, which requires a staggering 200 million tons of wood each year simply to make paper.
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Its two units produce 1 million tons of pulp a year, harvesting the rainforest to keep the plant in business and displacing thousands of indigenous tribes.
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These landless peasants and settlers follow the logging companies down the roads they've built to extract timber into untouched rainforest lands, burning off whatever the logging companies left behind.
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The plant, which has been in operation since 1978, produces more than 750 tons of pulp for paper every 24 hours, worth approximately $500,000, and has built 2,800 miles of roads through the Amazon rainforest to be used by its 700 vehicles.
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However lush they look, rainforests often flourish on such nutrient-poor soils that they are essentially "wet deserts," easier to damage and harder to cultivate than any other soil.
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Since then, this company and others have managed to extract and destroy about a third of the Borneo rainforest - about 6.9 million acres - and the local tribes have been evicted from the area or forced to work for the logging companies at slave wages.