The saga of illegal timber from Pará that ended up in a chic New York store
The Piauí magazine, with the help of an international consortium of investigative journalism and the Center for Climate Crime Analysis, tells a story of deforestation, illegality and profit
The Piauí magazine published an exclusive article about the illegal export of timber from the Amazon. In the back of a New York store, ipê decking is being sold at a very high price. It originated from the south of Pará, in a process that had its investigation terminated without any punishment to the criminals by order of the then Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles. Incidentally, he is now under investigation precisely on suspicion of collaborating with an international smuggling scheme of timber from the Amazon.
Through a partnership with the international consortium of investigative journalism, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Center for Climate Crime Analysis (CCCA), the magazine managed to reconstruct the entire trajectory of a batch of illegally extracted ipê from Pará until it clandestinely reached the store in the Bronx, in New York. Read the full story here.