UN report finds deforestation slowing, but not fast enough for forest communities or the climate

7 September 2015

FAO has released the 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA2015) at the XIV World Forestry Congress. Updated every five years, the report shows how forests have changed over the last 25 years, the state of sustainable forest management, and other trends. This is a statement from Rod Taylor, Director, WWF Global Forest Programme, reacting to the report:

“FRA2015 confirms the huge loss of tropical forests over the last 25 years. WWF’s analysis shows that this trend will continue with future losses concentrated in 11 ‘deforestation fronts’, unless bold and urgent action is taken to address the drivers of deforestation. Without such action, up to 170 million hectares – the size of Germany, France, Spain and Portugal combined – will be wiped out in just 20 years.

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