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Web Date: January 20, 2011

Coca Farming Linked To Deforestation In Colombia

Conservation: National parks emerge as tool against forest loss and new drug plantations
Department: Science & Technology, Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: coca, illicit drugs, deforestation

Coca plantations are associated with major deforestation in tropical forests in Colombia's sparsely populated south, according to the first study to quantify the phenomenon (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es102373d).

"Coca cultivation was at least as damaging to these forests as all the other factors combined – and I mean mining, oil drilling, logging, cattle ranching, biofuels, and food crops," says Liliana M. . . .

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