The majority of logging companies, however, fail to protect their lands from unsustainable clear-felling practices and even fewer have systems to monitor and ensure such policies.
In 2018, more than 160 land and environmental defenders were killed—many of them Indigenous.
In a new paper, a team of scientists cautions that plans to add more than 3,700 miles of roads in the next few years could seriously endanger biological wealth.
The country's historic 2016 peace deal with former FARC guerrillas closed a chapter on a half-century of armed conflict but also caused rapidly accelerating forest loss in remote regions of the country.
The need to restore forest, both to protect biodiversity and to stabilize the climate, is urgent, experts say.
A new study found the loss of forest cover significantly increased in four countries that recently declared peace after years of war.
The construction of logging roads in the region has doubled over the past 15 years, and researchers warn that this increase could have serious environmental ramifications.
These temperature rises can also lead to local extinction of the native species living in those regions.
Fines for illegal deforestation were down 34 percent from January 1st to May 15th this year compared to the same period last year—the largest drop ever recorded.
Globally, 80 percent of forest loss stems from turning over forest for agriculture to grow food for livestock and human consumption.
A new report reveals the major European supermarkets that are potentially fueling illegal deforestation when they support the Brazilian cattle industry.
Environmental groups argue that Europe should use trade leverage to prevent the Brazilian government from furthering the destruction of the rainforest.
The country's president has a poor environmental record, raising concerns over the preservation of Madagascar's iconic biodiversity.
New research has found that higher levels of inequality lead to more deforestation, whereas better equality leads to better forest protections.
France's new strategy to stop importing "unsustainable forest and agricultural products" is just one piece of a much bigger puzzle for the European Union.
Small-scale gold mining has led to the destruction of more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon over the past five years, according to new research.
The countries with the richest swaths of rainforest are still cutting them down, undermining one of the best available solutions to staving off climate change impacts.
Researchers warn that an area of Brazilian Amazon rainforest bigger than Ireland is at risk of losing its legal protection.
Haiti's deforestation is largely driven by small-scale farming and charcoal production, which involves harvesting wood and heating it to remove water and volatile compounds.
According to a new analysis, tropical forest loss currently accounts for 8 percent of the world's annual carbon dioxide emissions.
This has led to over-hunting and persecution by cattle ranchers becoming even bigger threats to the survival of the big cat.
A new report from Greenpeace shows that brands and their suppliers are not abiding by their own pledges to only buy from sustainable producers of palm oil.
Commodity-driven deforestation is most responsible, with farming and forestry also playing a major role in the global tree cover loss.