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Infographic: Which Latin American countries have the most deforestation?

In Latin America, deforestation driven by basic consumer products is the main cause of the loss of tree cover. Additionally, fires and other climate-related impacts play an important role. Which countries in the region have the most deforestation? .

Map of Latin America with wooden logs

Among its causes are large-scale agricultural and livestock activity, illegal mining and forest fires that devastate a large number of forest areas and negatively impact biodiversity. Photo: LatinAmerican Post

LatinAmerican Post | Alexey Zhúkov

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Deforestation is the loss of forests and jungles due to the effect of human or natural activities. Among its causes are large-scale agricultural and livestock activity, illegal mining and forest fires that devastate a large number of forest areas and negatively impact biodiversity.

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It is important to protect and conserve ecosystems as these are the lungs of the world. Tropical forests absorb carbon dioxide and transform it into pure oxygen-rich air which is necessary for the life of the beings that inhabit the planet.

Latin American deforestation

Deforestation continues to be one of the main drivers of climate change and the environmental crisis of biodiversity. The commitment that Latin American countries acquire to face this problem will be vital in the years to come. Treaties such as the Escazú Agreement seek to protect these ecosystems and the people who defend them, so choosing leaders who see them as relevant and who are consistent with the environment is very important for the long-term well-being of the region and planet Earth.