of deforestation risk per 1,000 tonnes of soy exports sourced in the Argentinian Chaco in 2018
Declining deforestation in the Chaco
The Chaco has been the main frontier of commodity-driven forest loss in Argentina in recent years. Between 2010 and 2018 the Argentinian part of the Chaco lost more than 1 million ha of native vegetation, largely due to the expansion of cattle pasture and soy. Deforestation has fallen in recent years, from 98,275 ha in 2016 to 21,594 ha in 2018, from a peak of 211,836 ha in 2013.
In 2016–2018 there was an overall decrease in soy deforestation in the Chaco, from 19,326 ha to just 4,146 ha in 2018. However, the relative soy deforestation risk of exports from the Chaco, at 0.9 ha/kt in 2018), was only just lower than the relative deforestation risk of soy exports from the Brazilian Cerrado (1.2 ha/kt).