Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Some Forests Recovering But Net Losses Persist

who said money doesn't grow on trees.
by Staff Writers
Rome (AFP) March 13, 2007
Forests are expanding in several regions of the world but each day sees a net loss equivalent to an area twice the size of Paris, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Tuesday. From 2000 to 2005, 57 countries reported an increase in forest area, and 83 reported a decrease, the Rome-based agency said as it unveiled its annual forestry report.

However, the net forest loss remains at 7.3 million hectares (18 million acres) per year or 20,000 hectares per day, said the report titled "The State of the World's Forests."

"A number of regions of the world are reversing centuries of deforestation and are now showing an increase in forest area," the FAO said in an accompanying statement.

The report stressed that economic prosperity and careful forest management were key factors in saving forests, noting that more than 100 countries have national forest programmes.

"Many countries have shown the political will to improve forest management by revising policies and legislation and strengthening forestry institutions," said FAO number two David Harcharik.

He added, however: "Countries that are facing the most serious challenges in achieving sustainable forest management are those with the highest rates of poverty and civil conflict."

The report also warned of growing evidence that forests will be profoundly affected by climate change, notably with a greater incidence of fire, pests and diseases.

Global forest covers about 30 percent of the world's land area. From 1990 to 2005, the world lost three percent of its total forest area, an average decrease of some 0.2 percent per year, according to FAO data.

Ten countries account for 80 percent of the world's primary forests, of which Indonesia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea and Brazil saw the highest losses in primary forest in the five years from 2000 to 2005.

Europe and North America showed net increases in forest area over the same period, while Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean are the two regions with the highest losses.

Africa, which accounts for about 16 percent of the total global forest area, lost over nine percent of its forests between 1990 and 2005.

Latin America and the Caribbean, with nearly half of the world's forests, saw an increase in the annual net loss between 2000 and 2005, from 0.46 percent to 0.51 percent, the report said.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Email This Article

Related Links
Save the Forests at Wood Pile

Indonesia To Rehabilitate Failed Peatland Project From Suharto Era
Jakarta (AFP) March 11, 2007
The Indonesian government is planning to rehabilitate a sprawling peatland in Central Kalimantan which was converted to agriculture during the reign of former president Suharto causing widespread environmental damage, an official said Sunday. "We have approval, in principle, from the president to rehabilitate the 'One Million Hectare Peatland' but we still are awaiting the necessary presidential decree to start," Central Kalimantan governor Agustin Teras Narang told AFP.

  • Indonesia Allots One Billion Dollars To Prevent Floods
  • Relief Flows Into Indonesia Quake Area As Death Toll Revised Down
  • Global Disaster Bill Declines In 2006 Says Swiss Re
  • Death And Destruction After Powerful Indonesia Quake

  • Climate Shifts And The Probability Of Randomness
  • EU Summit Seeks Unity On Tackling Global Warming
  • Banning New Coal Power Plants Will Slow Warming
  • The U.N.'s War On Global Warming

  • CryoSat-2 On The Road To Recovery
  • Space Scientists To Take The Pulse Of Planet Earth
  • Climate Change View Clearer With New Oceans Satellite
  • Satellite Scientists Set To Descend On Hobart

  • New Lithium-Ion Battery Technology Created
  • Unlocking The Secrets Of High-Temperature Superconductors
  • China Bans New Small Coal-Based Power Generators
  • Progress Made in Biomass-to-Biofuels Conversion Process

  • Genome Sequence Shows What Makes Bacteria Dangerous For Troops In Iraq
  • A Year Of Added Life More Valuable For The Young
  • Researchers Reconstruct Spread Of Bird Flu From China
  • Troubling Trends In AIDS Cases

  • Remote Sheep Population Resists Genetic Drift
  • Social Tolerance Allows Bonobos To Outperform Chimpanzees On A Cooperative Task
  • Why Do Birds Migrate
  • Some Corals Might Be Able To Fight The Heat

  • Bacterium Could Treat PCBs Without The Need For Dredging
  • Asian Pollution Linked To Stronger Pacific Storm System
  • Canada's Oil Sands To Keep Polluting
  • As An Economy Blossoms An Ancient Capital Suffocates

  • Getting On Your Nerves And Repairing Them
  • Human Rights In Darfur
  • Aging Boosts Chances That A Family Line Will Be Long-Lived
  • These Legs Were Made for Fighting Not Just Climbing Over You

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement