Why Illegal Deforestation Should be Treated as a Security Issue

In an article for the United Nations University published on November 30, 2021, Dr. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Executive Director of CIPÓ, and Dr Adam Day examine the links between deforestation and security, charting a way forward for policymakers, law enforcement and the multilateral system.

“The links between illegal deforestation, transnational criminality, and armed group activity mean that deforestation needs to be treated as more than an environmental problem – it is also a security challenge, not only in conflict-affected settings but also regions suffering from high rates of violence and crime”, the authors argue.

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Plataforma CIPÓ is an independent, women-led policy institute focusing on climate, governance, and peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean and, more generally, the Global South.

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