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Jakarta Post

Deforestation drops globally but still alarming: Report

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Researchers have identified swathes of lost tropical rainforests as the best places to replant trees, hoping to redress some of the damage done by deforestation and limit climate change.(Shutterstock/Quick Shot)

Shrinking forest cover over the last 30 years presents a clear and present danger to biodiversity, a recent review of the state of the world’s forests has found, even though the rate of deforestation has slowed in the past five years. The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2020, published jointly by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment Program (UNEP), also called for global cooperation to turn the tide of deforestation. According to the report, it is estimated that around 420 million hectares of forest have been lost since 1990 through land-use conversion, although the rate has decreased recently. In the decade beginning in 2010, the world lost 22 million ha of forest to deforestation, up from the 15 million ha lost in the decade prior. Between 1990 and 2000, some 16 million ha of forest was lost to deforestation. ...