NGO points connection between World Bank and environmental crimes in the Amazon
According to the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies (Inesc), a logistics company who operates in the international soybean route that cuts through the Amazon, financed by the World Bank, has not complied with measures to alleviate socio-environmental impacts of its operations on the forest and local communities.
The information is in the dossier “While the soybean passes by: impacts of the company Hidrovias do Brasil [Brazil Waterways] in Itaituba”. The company, based in the district of Miritituba, in the municipality of Itaituba, state of Pará, has among its shareholders the multilateral development bank International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private arm.
The document presents a table with the agreed demands that are not being contemplated by Hidrovias do Brasil, such as the development and implementation of strategies to reduce atmospheric emissions and the elaboration of a solid waste management program. On the contrary, the company “spreads ‘soybean dust’, which contains residues of pesticides, cereals, soil, and vegetables, carried by the wind beyond the company’s yard”, says the text, and caused damage to the region’s marshes, compromising fishing activity.