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International programs aiming to slow down tropical deforestation are not sufficiently taking local farmers into account

 

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A recently burnt-down patch of forest in the vicinity of Yangambi in the central Congo Basin. In the background is the edge of the primary forest. The owner has planted a range of crops, including cassava and maize.
Credit: © Pieter Moonen

The fight against deforestation: Why are Congolese farmers clearing forest?

Date:
October 21, 2016
Source:
KU Leuven
Summary:
Only a small share of Congolese villagers is the driving force behind most of the deforestation. They’re not felling trees to feed their families, but to increase their quality of life. These findings indicate that international programs aiming to slow down tropical deforestation are not sufficiently taking local farmers into account.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.