Local authorities say that they are no longer as trusting of the actions suggested by the federal government.Humberto Sánchez, the mayor of San Vicente del Caguán, says that meetings carried out to stop the problem are completely useless.San Vicente del Caguán is the most deforested municipality in Colombia. Some people say that the best way to forget something is through distance, and that is one of the arguments being repeated by the experts consulted for this story. It is part of their attempt to explain why the deforestation in Colombia is growing, despite the fact that warnings and alerts have become more frequent and detailed. The Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, is also one of the most ignored and forgotten areas by the Colombian government. With 144,14 hectares (356,195 acres) of the Colombian Amazon cut down last year alone, this region was home to 65.5 percent of the country’s deforestation in 2017 — which is double the figure from 2016. The main cause of the deforestation has been land hoarding, which occurs when armed people, or people from outside a certain territory, systematically take over a protected or forested area. Up to this point, actions taken by the government to control the problem have been insufficient, according to the recent ruling by Colombia’s supreme court which recognized the Amazon as having legal rights. The judicial order presents an historic opportunity to turn the tide in favor of the environment: the court gave the government a period of four months to lay out concrete solutions to stop deforestation. However, the application of these solutions will lie in the hands of President Iván Duque, who took office on August 7. The latest report by the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology, and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) is not encouraging: it detected that in the first three months of 2018, deforestation has increased more than the amount that had been registered in previous years. It also reported that there are still eight active deforestation sites, six of them in the Amazon. The situation is particularly critical in the national parks that connect the Amazon to the Andes and Orinoquía mountain ranges, which make up a key corridor for the movement of species between these regions. As was mentioned in the previous articles in this series, just one of those parks, Tinigua National Natural Park, lost 5,620 hectares of forest (almost 13,890 acres) in the first trimester of 2018. Tinigua contains 280,000 hectares and is located between the Meta and Caquetá departments. The deforested land —equivalent to 7,800 soccer fields — is now made up of crops and prairies for livestock.