Ivory Coast law could see chocolate industry ‘wipe out’ protected forests | Environment | The Guardian


The crags of an ancient tree at Mont Tia forest reserve in Ivory Coast
The crags of an ancient tree, destroyed by a fire lit by the farmer who planted cocoa and banana trees around it, at Mont Tia forest reserve in Ivory Coast. Photograph: Ruth Maclean/The Guardian
 

The Ivory Coast’s dwindling rainforests could be “wiped out” under a new law that will see legal protections removed from thousands of square miles of classified forest and unprecedented power handed to industrial chocolate manufacturers.

Civil society groups, environmental campaigners and workers’ cooperatives have warned that the new forestry code, ratified by the National Assembly and currently being implemented, will encourage unsustainable cocoa production and legalise large-scale deforestation in already ravaged areas.

 

Source: Ivory Coast law could see chocolate industry ‘wipe out’ protected forests | Environment | The Guardian

One thought on “Ivory Coast law could see chocolate industry ‘wipe out’ protected forests | Environment | The Guardian

  1. The continued deforestation of protected forests is adding to climate change.

    Profit is coming before the possible extinction of the earth has a habital evironment for all forms of known life.

    What is the point of creating profit when eventually no one will be around to benefit from it. This is a very short sighted situation, not only for the Ivory Coast, but for the whole world.

    It is not as though this is an isolated situation as it is also happening in the Brazilian Rain forests and in many other countries. Governments and also industry need to bear this in mind, for who wants to be responsible for not only the extinction of the Human Race, but all forms of current life throughout the World.

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