Coca and conflict: the factors fuelling Colombian deforestation

13 Aug 2019
One of the unintended victims of conflict and coca production. Credit: Sebastian Di Domenico.

Deforestation in Colombia has been linked to armed conflict and forests’ proximity to coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is derived.

A University of Queensland-led study found that conflict between illegal groups and the governmental military forces, proximity to coca plantations, mining concessions, oil wells and roads were all associated with increased deforestation.

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