The Coordination of the Quilombola Communities of Tocantins, with the support of partners, filed a recommendation to the Prosecution Office to investigate and hold accountable environmental crime in Jalapão
The State Coordination of the Quilombola Communities of Tocantins (COEQTO) filed, on March 14, a recommendation to the Prosecution Office of the State of Tocantins (MPTO) to investigate and hold accountable the perpetrators of the illegal deforestation that is taking place within the Quilombola Territory of Povoado Prata, in Jalapão (TO). According to complaints from the quilombola community (among them, the group Alternatives for Small Agriculture in Tocantins, APA-TO, an iCS grantee), farmers have been carrying out large-scale deforestation in order to plant soy in an area on the limits of the National Park of Nascentes do Rio Parnaíba , which is an Area of Permanent Preservation (APP), according to the Forest Code, which creates risks of destruction of the source of the Jaburu River and the Córrego Prata.
On the left, a region without deforestation. On the right, another area that is already deforested. Credit: Maria Aparecida Ribeiro de Sousa – COEQTO