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During the 21st century, Nigeria has lost more than one million hectares of forest. Photo: Terry Sunderland/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Terry Sunderland/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Fires and poverty fuel deforestation in Nigeria

From 2002 to 2021, the protected area in southwest Nigeria lost 45 percent of its primary forest. The burden of fires is crucial. Socioeconomic and demographic factors are driving the trend
The Rio Plátano reserve, in the region of La Mosquitia, Honduras, is one of the areas most affected by deforestation as a result of narcos activities. Photo: Marc Patry Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)Marc Patry Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

Here is how narcos are destroying Honduras’ forests

In Honduras, drug traffickers are still driving deforestation. The problem affects the whole Central America. However, it is not only drug trafficking that fuels land destruction, say indigenous communities.
In 2021, deforestation affected 5,800 hectares of land in Indonesia's easternmost province on the border with Papua New Guinea. Photo: Frans Huby Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)Frans Huby Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

Paper and palm oil industry boost deforestation in Papua-Indonesia, NGOs say

In the province of Papua, Indonesia, almost 6 thousand hectares of forests were destroyed in 2021, says the NGO Pusaka. A report accuses the subsidiary of a Korean company (which denies any wrongdoing) and two local operators of the palm oil industry
Commodity companies are among the main contributors to Amazon deforestation. Photo: Charles Edward Miller Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Investment funds don’t leave Brazil despite Amazon deforestation, FT writes

According to the Financial Times, more than a year after the appeal against the Brazilian government, most of the major firms are still investing in companies linked to the deforestation of the Amazon
Palm oil was the most financed sector by Dutch banks. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

Dutch banks lead the European credit to deforestation

From 2016 to 2020, lenders in the Netherlands financed global deforestation with more than €3 billion. Palm oil and soybeans the main beneficiaries
In areas of the Peruvian Amazon monitored by drones, deforestation was halved in one year. Photo (generic image): Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Smartphones and drones help indigenous communities fight deforestation

Thanks to drones and satellite technology, the Peruvian Amazon has halved the deforestation of indigenous lands in one year.
Riau, Indonesia. In the Asian nation, illicit timber trade is estimated to account for 40 % of the market. Photo: Romain Pirard/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Romain Pirard/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

FAO launches a new digital tool to fight timber predators

A web tool to defend forests from timber predators will help UN organization to tackle a $100 billion business
In the first five months of 2021, deforestation lead to a 2,548 square kilometers loss for Brazilian Amazon. Photo: Lou Gold Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Lou Gold Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Deforestation increases 67% in Amazon’s darkest month

Deforestation is growing in Brazilian Amazon. With obvious effects on climate and the economy. And government's responses look controversial
Last year, the Guardian claims, UK banks' support to companies involved in deforestation amounted to £900 million. Photo: Dikshajhingan Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Dikshajhingan Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

UK banks criticized for their support to deforestation

Guardian: Banks are funding global deforestation. The new law under discussion in UK is not expected to solve the problem.
If foreign aid is made available Brazil will succeed in reducing Amazon deforestation by 30%-40%, says Environment Minister Ricardo Salles. Photo: Martha de Jong-Lantink Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Martha de Jong-Lantink Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Brazil will save the Amazon… as long as US and Norway pay for it

Minister Salles is asking for $1 billion from the international community to save the Amazon. But his country's position is controversial.