Trade Agreements

Capital accumulation and trade agreements are, arguably, the most invisible underlying cause of deforestation. Promoting trade in, for example, agricultural commodities and products leads to greater deforestation; and the impacts on forests and forest-dependent communities can be huge. Trade agreement negotiations also tend to take place secretly, which in turn limits public scrutiny.

Bulletin articles 16 January 2023
Most of the causes of deforestation that were identified in a UN-led global analysis from 1999 continue to exist. Yet, the “solutions” proposed since then have become new underlying causes of deforestation. In this scenario, projects that destroy the forest and “green” projects depend on each other in order to be viable.
Bulletin articles 3 May 2004
Bulletin articles 19 August 2003
Bulletin articles 30 June 2003