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March 6 2013

Peru’s Amazon faces threat of deforestation from oil palm plantations

Oil palm plantations have deforested thousands of hectares of land in the Peruvian Amazon, El Comercio reported.

According to the daily, a study has revealed that between 2006 and 2011 close to 7,000 hectares of land were deforested in Loreto and San Martin, in order to make way for oil palm plantations.

“We are concerned that this pattern will be repeated in the other thousands of hectares of rainforest that are the site of proposals for planting oil palm,” said Matt Finer of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).

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