Sunday, October 24

BBC investigation | Deforestation of the Amazon: how jungle land is illegally sold in Brazil through Facebook

  • Joao Fellet y Charlotte Pamment
  • BBC World Service

Deforestation in the state of Mato Grosso.


The illegal sale of land is a problem throughout the Amazon.

Protected parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being sold illegally through Facebook.

That’s what a BBC investigation found, revealing that some of the plots on offer through Facebook’s classifieds service are as large as 1,000 football fields.

As a result of this finding, the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil has ordered an investigation into the sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest through Facebook.

The Supreme Court, after the investigation, now asks the Brazilian Government to “take appropriate civil and criminal measures.”

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