Deforestation is complicated – and so is the solution

Published on
January 21, 2021

Wageningen remote sensing researchers Martin Herold and Niki de Sy respond to the World Wildlife Fund deforestation report

According to the WWF, the world’s forest cover shrinks by an area the size of the Netherlands each year. Deforestation is particularly severe in Brazil, Bolivia, Indonesia and Malaysia. In its press release, the WWF focuses strongly on deforestation through soy cultivation and the import of soy-based animal feed by Europe and the responsibility of Europeans to alter their diet to an eating pattern with less meat. ‘This is a valid analysis’, says De Sy, who provided the WWF with information for its report, ‘but also a one-sided perspective.’