New study: Coca cultivation as a driver of deforestation in Colombia

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20.04.2018

New study: Drug crops can be considered a driving force for the loss of forest cover due to their direct and indirect effects.

GPDPD and the forest and climate protection project REDD+ are pleased to present a study on the link between coca cultivation and deforestation in Colombia - Comunidad, bosque y coca: Un camino para la acción. The study, conducted in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), focuses on two Colombian regions: Catatumbo and the Amazonas.

The analysis of the severely affected areas provides a scientific contribution to alternative development processes and helps to better understand and contain the dynamics of deforestation and forest degradation through coca cultivation. A particular relevance of the study lies in the international and national goals of Colombia. Reducing deforestation is a key factor in achieving international climate protection goals, while implementing alternative development projects can contribute to socio-economic development and peace consolidation in Colombia.

Approximately 20 percent of emissions from climate change are related to deforestation of tropical forest. The causes of deforestation in Colombia are diverse and root in socio-economic, political, geographical and ecological factors. Drug crops can be considered a driving force for the loss of forest cover due to their direct and indirect effects. The study shows that deforestation and forest degradation through coca-cultivation are complex processes within a system of diverse social, economic and institutional interactions. The combination of forest protection and alternative development - a new approach in German development cooperation with Colombia - can be an important factor in overcoming environmentally harmful and illegal cultivation.

More information here for download (Spanish)

Comunidad, bosque y coca
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