Deforestation in Colombia Edges Up, Moving Further from Government Target

Environmental News from South America: 

Deforestation in Colombia edged up for the second year in a row in 2021, rising 1.5% versus 2020 levels, the environment ministry said on Friday, as environmentalists warned of the impact of a high number of fires this year.

In 2021, 174,103 hectares (430,218 acres) of forest were destroyed, the ministry said in a statement.

Though no comparative figure was given on Friday, the ministry last year said 171,685 hectares had been destroyed in 2020.

The increase on-year takes the government further away from its target of reducing the rate by 30%.

Despite the slight increase, the ministry celebrated what it called a reduction in deforestation growth trends.

“Concerning the goal of the National Development Plan, which proposes cutting the growth trend of deforestation by 30% by 2021, the figures found that, on average, this phenomenon was reduced by 34%,” the ministry said.

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Source: Reuters

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