deforestation surged following end of armed conflict in colombia
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IoES Director Peter Kareiva study featured in UCLA Newsroom: Deforestation surged following end of armed conflict in Colombia

Deforestation is skyrocketing in the country with the world’s second-highest number of species. The cause? Ineffective conservation in protected areas following decades of civil war.  Researchers from UCLA including the Institute of Environment and Sustainability Director, Peter Kareiva, and their Columbian colleagues conclude that a failure of government enforcement is the main cause of this rapid deforestation.