Illegal Logging in Andes Region

Illegal logging in the South American Andes between 1990 and 2010 led up to 2.4 million hectares of rainforest to be cut down in order to grow coca.

The illegal logging of the forests was done in order to create land needed to plant coca and to contribute to the cocaine production industry. These types of illegal logging connected to drug trafficking represented up to 25 percent of the area’s deforestation.

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Source:  Brenden Borrell, “The Greenest High,” Slate May 4, 2010.