Illegal deforestation found in the indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau territory. This area of ​​deforestation was discovered on December 15th 2019 during the first surveillance made by the Uru-eu-wau-wau after the drone course funded by WWF's Amazon Emergency Appeal. Drones are to be used to monitor deforestation, invasion and land grabbing. The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people received drone piloting training in a partnership between Kanindé Ethno-Environmental Defense Association and WWF. From the funds raised from WWF’s Amazon Emergency Appeal WWF donated 14 drones and trained 55 people to operate them during a training course in December 2019 held in Rondônia. The Indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau territory in Rondônia measures 1,867,117 hectares and is home to the springs of the 17 largest rivers, it is known as "the state water tank". This Indigenous Land is the most important of Rondônia because of its biodiversity and the economic value of the water available. There are also caves with rock scriptures, endangered animals, flora and fauna that have never been studied. In the history of the Indigenous Land there have been successive invasions by loggers, rubber tappers, farmers, and land grabbers but it suffers in particular from land grabbing and illegal livestock. The invasions intensified from the 1980s and persist to this day. A new wave of invasions has intensified threats to the people of the Uru-eu-wau-wau Indigenous Land since the 2018 election campaign.

An organization that has gotten billions of pounds in efficient power energy sponsorships from UK citizens is chopping down ecologically significant backwoods, a BBC Display examination has found.

Drax runs England’s greatest power station, which consumes a large number of lots of imported wood pellets – which is classed as sustainable power.

Our resources have found a portion of the wood comes from essential timberlands in Canada.

The organization says it just purposes sawdust and waste wood.

Scene examined satellite pictures, followed logging licenses and utilized drone shooting to demonstrate its discoveries. Correspondent Joe Crowley likewise followed a truck from a Drax factory to check it was getting entire logs from an area of valuable woodland.

Biologist Michelle Connolly told Display the organization was obliterating woodlands that had required millennia to create.

“It’s actually a disgrace that English citizens are subsidizing this obliteration with their cash. Logging regular woodlands and switching them into pellets over completely to be singed for power, that is totally crazy,” she said.

The Drax power station in Yorkshire is a converted coal plant, which now produces 12% of the UK’s renewable electricity.

It has already received £6bn in green energy subsidies. Burning wood is considered green, but it is controversial among environmentalists.

Panorama discovered Drax bought logging licences to cut down two areas of environmentally-important forest in British Columbia.


The Drax power station in Yorkshire is a changed over coal plant, which currently delivers 12% of the UK’s sustainable power.

It has previously gotten £6bn in environmentally friendly power energy appropriations. Consuming wood is viewed as green, however it is disputable among earthy people.

Scene found Drax purchased logging licenses to chop down two areas of earth significant backwoods in English Columbia.

The company told Panorama many of the trees there had died, and that logging would reduce the risk of wildfires.

The entire area covered by the second Drax logging licence has already been cut down.


How green is burning wood?

Burning wood produces more greenhouse gases than burning coal.

The electricity is classed as renewable because new trees are planted to replace the old ones and these new trees should recapture the carbon emitted by burning wood pellets.

But recapturing the carbon takes decades and the off-setting can only work if the pellets are made with wood from sustainable sources.

Primary forests, which have never been logged before and store vast quantities of carbon, are not considered a sustainable source. It is highly unlikely that replanted trees will ever hold as much carbon as the old forest.

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Drax told the BBC it had not cut down the forests itself and said it transferred the logging licences to other companies.

But Panorama checked and the authorities in British Columbia confirmed that Drax still holds the licences.

Drax said it did not use the logs from the two sites Panorama identified. It said they were sent to timber mills – to make wood products – and that Drax only used the leftover sawdust for its pellets.

The company says it does use some logs – in general – to make wood pellets. It claims it only uses ones that are small, twisted, or rotten.

However, records on a Canadian ranger service data set show that just 11% of the logs conveyed to the two Drax plants in the previous year were named the most minimal quality, which can’t be utilized for wood items.


Display needed to check whether logs from essential

Now woods cut somewhere near logging organizations were being moved to Drax’s Meadowbank pellet plant. The program recorded a truck on a 120-mile full circle: leaving the plant, gathering heaps of entire logs from a woods that had been chopped somewhere near a logging organization and afterward getting back to the plant for their conveyance.

Drax later conceded that it utilized logs from the backwoods to make wood pellets. The organization said they were species the lumber business didn’t need, and they would frequently be singed at any rate to diminish out of control fire gambles.

The organization additionally said the locales recognized by Display were not essential woods since they were close to streets.

However, the UN meanings of essential timberland don’t make reference to closeness to streets and one of the locales is six miles from the closest cleared street.


Scene’s discoveries come at a crucial point in time for Drax.

The UK government is expected to distribute another biomass system not long from now, which will set out its approach for normal powers like wood.

At any rate, a Drax representative expressed 80% of material in its Canadian pellets is sawmill residuals, which would be discarded.

They likewise said that Drax applies rigid maintainability norms to its own pellet creation as well as providers, with check from outsider certificate plans.

“We are continually surveying these strategies to guarantee we assess the most recent science,” they added.