Greenpeace says felling of ipe tree is damaging Amazon

March 20, 2018 GMT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Greenpeace says the illegal logging of a Brazilian tree is causing “irreversible damage” to the Amazon rain forest.

The environmental group said Tuesday that flaws in the licensing system for loggers are leading to the “indiscriminate” felling of the ipe tree.

The effects of cutting down the tree include the “deeper encroachment of illegal roads, a growing degradation of the forest, the destruction of biodiversity and an intensification of violence in the countryside,” Greenpeace said.

The tree produces a wood that resembles mahogany and can fetch up to $2,500 per cubic meter when used for flooring, decking or furniture.

Greenpeace says that illegal loggers are attracted by the large profits.