RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Argentina has lost almost eight million hectares of indigenous forest over the past three decades, mainly due to the advance of the agricultural border (frontera agrícola) allowing land to be used for agriculture and cattle breeding, even in less arable dry areas. This figure places Argentina among the ten countries with the highest rates of deforestation in the world.
The four northern provinces of Santiago del Estero, Salta, Chaco, and Formosa, located in the semi-arid Chaco dry savannah, account for 80 percent of the country's deforestation, which continues unabated despite the coronavirus quarantine . . .