Deforestation decreased

CSR and Social    Jul 13, 2021 4:26 PM

IDEAM’s Forest and Carbon Monitoring System (SMByC) reported the hectares of forest lost during 2020.

The entity said that 171,685 hectares of forest were lost due to deforestation in 2020, La Republica reported.

However, SMByC said that this figure had a downward trend in some of the most affected departments such as Meta, Caquetá and Guaviare in 1Q21, which represent more than half of the deforestation in the country (56.3%).

“Those departments reported 41,600 hectares deforested in the first quarter of the year; 30% less compared to 1Q20 (62,200),” Francisco Cruz, Vice Minister of Environmental Policies and Normalization, said.

The Minister of Environment (MinAmbiente), Carlos Eduardo Correa, said that the protection of Colombian forests is a priority for the government.

“Although we recorded an increase in deforestation in 2020, it is important to note that this figure is the second lowest in the last five years,” Correa said.

Correa recalled that the goal is zero deforestation by 2030 and the government has taken important steps towards this goal.

“We have achieved a cumulative reduction of about 22%; the decrease was 19% in 2018, 10% in 2019 and an increase of 8% in 2020, but this growth is being successfully countered this year,” Correa said.

The Pacific region reported a 13% decrease; the department of Chocó presented the largest reduction in deforestation with about 2,972 hectares less.

“Some municipalities historically affected by deforestation presented a change in trend. We identified that there was a decrease in this problem in municipalities such as Cartagena del Chairá with 15% less, Tibú (-6%) and El Retorno (-4%),” Ideam’s Yolanda González said.

Bottom-Line: The fight against deforestation must be accompanied by tree planting programs in the most affected regions.

Authorities should encourage alliances with the private sector to advance in this important environmental issue.

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