The Gran Chaco Among Argentina’s Lost Forests

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In terms of size and richness, the Gran Chaco is second only to the nearby Amazon rainforest in South America. It covers around 650,000 square kilometers in Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil and is made up of shrubs and hardwood trees that provide habitat for thousands of plant and animal species.

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Deforestation is one of the major issues in this region, which is home to 9 million indigenous people and thousands of species. Dr. Valentina Bonifacio claims over the past 15 years, vast swaths of forested land have been removed and converted to farmland to cultivate the lucrative soy crop, while cattle have been permitted to graze freely on grasslands.

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Deforestation is becoming a major global issue because it harms both people and wildlife significantly. The moment has come to seriously consider the environment alongside development and adoption of sustainable development good practices.

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