Nigeria cocoa plantation could "destroy" vital rainforest; Brazil authorities arrest 17 over illegal Amazon deforestation for cattle scheme
Monitoring Illegal Deforestation for Agriculture
Monthly Newsletter: May 2019
FOCUS: As European demand for its cocoa surges, illegal deforestation threatens to destroy â€œcritical forest corridorâ€ in Nigeria
Cross River State, home to some of Nigeriaâ€™s last remaining tropical rainforest and critically endangered gorillas, is facing new threats from illegal deforestation for cocoa, an NGO in the region has warned. Meanwhile, IDM research reveals that EU imports of cocoa from the country have been rising rapidly, and may be helping drive farmers into forest areas.
The Wildlife Conservation Society in Nigeria raised the alarm after receiving reports that â€˜large tractsâ€™ of primary forest are being destroyed in the Afi River Forest Reserve, a 312km area in Cross River, southern Nigeria, for the illegal cultivation of a cocoa plantation.