Colombia lost forest area the size of Sao Paulo in 2019: report

A handout photograph from Colombia’s Defence Ministry reveals smoke billowing from the Sierra de La Macarena Nationwide Natural Park, Colombia, in 2019. The Latin America place has misplaced hundreds of countless numbers of hectares of forest in new many years

Colombia missing 159,000 hectares of forest—an spot the dimensions of Brazilian megacity Sao Paulo—to deforestation in 2019, in accordance to an formal report presented on Thursday.

While appreciable, it signifies a 19 percent reduction in deforestation as opposed to the 197,000 hectares ruined in 2018. In 2017, that determine was 219,000.

“We’ve managed to management a growing craze of deforestation,” stated Maria Claudia Garcia, the deputy minister for the natural environment and sustainable growth.

“The final results are promising but this is not a triumphalist concept.”

Yolanda Gonzalez, director of the point out Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Reports (IDEAM), reported it was “good news.”

Some 62 p.c of the deforestation was in the Amazon, the world’s major rainforest that spans throughout Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

The decline of forest was worst in departments blighted by armed prison teams.

Even so, IDEAM’s forests technique coordinator Edersson Cabrera pointed to the “sizeable slowdown” in the Amazon region, which accounted for 70 per cent of the country’s deforestation in 2018.

The major will cause of loss of forests are an maximize in farmland, unlawful logging and mining, and drug plantations, which according to the United Nations accounted for 154,000 hectares in 2019.

Colombia, one particular of the most biodiverse nations in the environment, has fully commited to cutting down deforestation in the Amazon to zero in 2020, despite the fact that experts doubt it can realistically obtain that goal.

© 2020 AFP

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