Leaders pledge to end deforestation: illegal logging thrives in Brazil

Fields, Cambara do Sul, Brazil. Photo: Jaume Galofré / Unsplash

Date: December 6, 2021
Date: December 6, 2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online & at the Swedish Development Forum (FUF)
Start date: December 6, 2021
Institution: FUF, Edelstam Foundation, Amazon Watch Sweden & Solidarity Sweden-Latin America

During the UN Climate Change Conference, over 100 leaders promised to end deforestation. However, deforestation rates are rapidly increasing in Brazil. Illegal logging has become widespread and criminal logging networks threaten or even kill people who object or try to stop their actions. According to the Pastoral Land Commission, there were more than 230 cases of fatal attacks related to illegal logging reported in the Amazon region between 2010 and 2020.

Deforestation has devastating environmental consequences in terms of mitigating climate change and protecting biodiversity. It also has socio-cultural and economic consequences for people dependent on the forests. Will world leaders keep their promise to protect the Amazon Rainforest and its people? How can we act in terms of global responsibility?

FUF Local Group Uppsala together with the Edelstam Foundation, Amazon Watch Sweden, and Solidarity Sweden-Latin America invites you to a seminar on illegal logging in Brazil to have a conversation on global responsibility.


  • Caroline Edelstam, Co-founder and President of the Edelstam Foundation
  • Lise Bergh, Chair of the Edelstam Prize Nomination Committee
  • Andrea Carvalho, Researcher, Human Rights Watch Brazil
  • Alex Brekke, Secretary-General of Amazon Watch Sweden
  • Dr. Jonas Ebbeson, Professor of Environmental Law at Stockholm University
  • Oscar Barajas Rojas, Secretary-General of Solidarity Sweden-Latin America
  • Nik Märak, former President of the Sami Association of Stockholm
  • Parul Sharma, Human Rights Lawyer with a focus on Sustainable Development and member of the Edelstam Prize Nomination Committee