You must read this interesting article on BBC now. I will later post more details on that.
Let me just tell you something: land use in Venezuela is a complete mess. Nobody really knows who owns what. Most documents are to be found in isolated registries, getting dust.
Huge extensions are owned by a few, many of which are military honchos. Only the others face expropriations. A lot "state-owned" spaces are run by the military as hunting ground for themselves and their friends. Most farmers have no clue about environment issues. There is no sense of sustainable environment in the country. Environmental laws - in principle very stringent - are only decoration for books.
|The Crocodylus intermedius: when Humboldt came to Venezuela, they were abundant. Now they are on the verge of extinction|