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Peru says Deforestation Slowing as it Beefs Up Laws, Sanctions

Deforestation in Peru has slowed since peaking at nearly 180,000 hectares (700 square miles) in 2014 when swaths of the Amazon were illegally cleared for oil palm plantations, the head of the country's forest service said on Friday. Fabiola Munoz said tougher new laws and enforcement, including fines 700 percent higher and jail time for people who destroy primary forest, are helping Peru rein in deforestation. "People really used to think there would be no consequences,"...

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