World Rainforest Movement

Underlying causes

The underlying causes that drive deforestation are multiple, interrelated, less easily visible, and often little discussed and understood. A thorough process of analyzing underlying causes of deforestation, undertaken in the late 1990s by the UN with significant civil society participation, concluded that these drivers of deforestation are related to land tenure, resource management, trade, international economic relations in general and social exclusion.

Read the report Addressing the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Forest Degradation (1999).