September 17, 2021

Study fails to establish link between increased deforestation and Covid crisis | News | Eco-Business

When the Covid-19 pandemic first struck, and national governments responded with lockdowns of varying degrees, conservationists warned it would lead to a surge in illegal logging in tropical countries. They argued that with fewer eyes and ears on the ground for monitoring, combined with a ready supply of short-term labor in the form of unemployed people migrating from cities back to their home villages, the world’s rainforests were bound to take a hit.

Indeed, environmental campaigners interviewed by Mongabay in June 2020, just a few months into the pandemic, said their organisations had already detected signs of increased illegal activity.

But according to new research in Forest Policy and Economics, different forces acting on the global macroeconomics have largely balanced each other out, so that increases in deforestation…

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