Cultivation of Drug Crops Is Causing Environmental Devastation
Drug crop cultivation has played a disproportionately large role in deforesting and degrading some of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, including those in national parks and indigenous territories. Additionally, environmental devastation is proliferating in drug trafficking regions despite sustained investments in drug interdiction and other antitrafficking measures. How can this be?
At a recent event, an international panel of experts discussed the role of drug crop cultivation in environmental devastation. Plus, a brief report was presented outlining key recommendations for the UN leading up to the 2016 General Assembly Special Session on drugs.