The five forest blocks analysed in WCS's forthcoming study. Image courtesy for the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Illicit cattle ranching drives 23 percent decline in Central America’s three biggest forest blocks

Monday, August 7th, 2017

The three largest forest blocks in Central America have shrunk by 23 percent in the past 15 years, almost entirely due to illegal cattle ranching, according to a forthcoming study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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Bullock enclosure located within the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve

Indigenous stewards identify growing threat posed by ranchers within Nicaraguan forest reserve

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The indigenous government which manages 70 percent of a Nicaraguan reserve the size of Luxembourg has condemned illegal deforestation by ranchers seeking land for pasture.

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Recently deforested areas in Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.  Photo by Michelle Carrere for Mongabay

Booming beef exports fuel forest clearances and violence in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Reserve

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Booming beef exports are fuelling illegal land sales, forest clearances and violent conflict in Nicaragua’s Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, home to one of Central America’s last remaining pockets of Intact Forest Landscape.

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