Some things are closely intertwined, such as power, land rights, drugs, and climate change. That’s what researchers from Central America and the U.S. presented at the pre-COP 25
in Costa Rica.
The researchers’ conclusions were that the U.S. military-based approach of the “War on Drugs” policy worsens deforestation in Central America, as drug-traffickers cut through rainforests to bring drugs to the U.S.
They also found that respecting community and indigenous land rights work best to curtail the “negative impacts of drug trafficking and climate change simultaneously,” Jennifer Devine, one of the researchers, told Earther
“Both the War on Drugs and a conservation model that excludes local communities are driving this problem,” she said
Central America can only be understood when we see what happens to the region as a whole. Many countries - and forces - are intertwined. That’s why we send out this newsletter every week.
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