Cocaine production in 90% of deforested land in Colombian national park

Satellite data from the University of Maryland (UMD) show the Barí National Natural Park lost 6.2% of its tree cover between 2001 and 2019, with several months of unusually high deforestation in 2020. The latest report from UNs illicit crops monitoring system (ICPM) found 1,448 hectares of coca cultivation inside Catatumbo Barí in 2019, representing 15% of the area deforested between 2001 and 2019 and a 60% jump over 2018. According to a government source, in 2020 90% of the deforested land in Catatumbo Barí has now been planted with coca crops, with the remaining 10% used as cropland for plantains and yucca, or as livestock pasture.

Source: Mongabay