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