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Rare victory for rainforests as nations vow to stop 'death by chocolate'

Plans by the governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast drawn up after Guardian investigation revealed links between the cocoa industry and rainforest loss
A lonely tree surrounded by cocoa in Marahoué national park, where most of the forest, formerly home to chimpanzees and other wildlife, has been cut down. Photograph: Ruth Maclean for the Guardian

The governments of Ghana and the Ivory Coast are formulating plans to immediately put a stop to all new deforestation after a Guardian investigation found that the cocoa industry was destroying their rainforests.

The west African neighbours have been drafting new measures to rescue their remaining forests and replant degraded ones.

In , the Guardian found that deforestation-linked cocoa had entered the supply chains of some of the biggest players in the chocolate industry. At the same time, the environmental group published , a report that found that “a large amount

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