To tackle deforestation we need to focus on land use. Here's why

An aerial view of deforestation in the Amazon, where forest was burned as it was cleared by loggers and farmers near Porto Velho, Brazil August 29, 2019

Only a small share of deforestation – between 45 and 65% –​​ results in the expansion of actual agricultural production. Much deforestation is 'for nothing'. Image: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Florence Pendrill
Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Toby Gardner
Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, Director of Trase
Patrick Meyfroidt
Georges Lemaître Earth and Climate Research Centre, Earth and Life Institute , UCLouvain, Belgium
Martin Persson
Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Agriculture often drives the clearance of forests and other ecosystems without leading to commodity production. Image: Trase


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