In Paraguay, Rapid Deforestation Is the Price of an Economic Boom

People march to protest against the deforestation of the Chaco region, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Jan. 11, 2019 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
People march to protest against the deforestation of the Chaco region, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Jan. 11, 2019 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
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Paraguay’s main opposition party recently introduced a bill offering conscription-age youth an alternative to mandatory military service: replanting trees in depleted forests. The reforestation proposal highlights the seriousness of environmental degradation in Paraguay, mainly driven by the clearing of forests for agriculture, which has sustained one of Latin America’s highest economic growth rates. In an interview with WPR, Joel E. Correia, an assistant professor of Latin American studies and core faculty member in the University of Florida’s Tropical Conservation and Development Program, discusses deforestation in Paraguay and its disproportionate impact on the country’s indigenous peoples. World Politics Review: How serious […]

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