Next to a newly paved highway in the Peruvian Amazon, a discreet
white-on-green sign urges travellers to protect the surrounding
ecosystem. "Let's care for the environment, let's conserve the forest,"
it reads. But the appeal
comes too late for this spot in the region known as Madre de Dios.
Before the route was paved a few years ago, tall trees lined the
roadside, but the forest edge here now lies about half a kilometre away,
beyond a jumble of underbrush and freshly cut trees where a cattle
pasture was recently carved out of the woods.
As drivers head east and enter Brazil, the view is much the same for
hundreds of kilometres. Such is the impact of the Interoceanic Highway, a
route some 5,500 kilometres long that cuts clear across South America.
Read the full article here: Carving up the Amazon