Cutting down forests: what are the drivers of deforestation?

  • There are a number of estimates on what share of deforestation is driven by agriculture. The differences in these estimates are often explained by the different treatment of deforestation versus forest degradation – we cover the differences between these types of forest loss in a related post. Agriculture accounts for 70-80% of tropical deforestation – the permanent conversion of forested land to another land use. It accounts for a smaller percentage when degradation – the temporary…

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