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Forests

Forests are the headquarters of life on land. They are the link between the mineral, the vegetal and the animal worlds. Trees are this planet’s real keystone species.


Before humans figured out how to burn wood for heating and cooking, trees were kings on this planet. Frozen forests, tropical rainforests, underwater kelp forests, peatlands and temperate woods virtually covered all non-desert available land on this planet. If our atmosphere is oxygen-breathing-animal-friendly, it is because of photosynthesis (the ability to create energy and organic matter with sunlight). This revolutionary process was powerful enough to change the very composition of the atmosphere by replacing enough CO2 by oxygen.


Trees express the connection between living things and their habitats. One does not go without the other because they are one and the same. Trees are both the canvas and the painting, the playing ground and the player.


This is why losing forests is not just a problem of trees. It’s a problem that concerns all other life on Earth, including ours. Trees help the land regenerate, clean the air and water and provide habitats for all forms of life that surround them, from underground worms to nesting birds to ants.


If it wasn’t for its nurturing, sheltering, cooling, cleaning properties, we - and the rest of life on Earth - wouldn’t be here to boast about it. Saving forests is a structural necessity, and it’s a habitat in direct competition with the expanding influence of humans. Return the favour they once did us, help a forest in distress.

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DATA INSIGHTS

Tree Cover Loss (TCL) per Country

PERFORMANCE OF COUNTRY IN SECURING FOREST LAND

Tree cover loss (TCL) represents the total area of tree loss in each country and is measured on a scale from 0-100, (100 being the best). Key drivers of TCL include commodity-driven deforestation, shifting agriculture, forestry, wildfire, and urbanisation.


These are all related to human activity and have varying importance depending on the location. Commodity-driven deforestation is caused by human activities (i.e. agricultural expansion, mining and oil extraction) and is the major driver especially in the tropical forests of Latin America and Southeast Asia.


Shifting agriculture or slash-and-burn is still practised in Africa and Asia and is the dominant driver of tree cover loss in the former. In North America and Europe, forestry and wildfire are the major cause of tree cover loss.


The number of threatened species highly correlates with TCL in each country. Indonesia and Madagascar, the two top countries with most threatened mammal species (191 and 121 species, respectively) are facing severe TCL. Approximately 90% of the represented countries are underperforming with a TCL score less than 50 (half of the best possible performance). More efforts to manage and protect forests in a sustainable way should be dedicated to these regions.

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Tree Cover Loss (TCL) per Country

PERFORMANCE OF COUNTRY IN SECURING FOREST LAND

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Tree cover loss (TCL) represents the total area of tree loss in each country and is measured on a scale from 0-100, (100 being the best). Key drivers of TCL include commodity-driven deforestation, shifting agriculture, forestry, wildfire, and urbanisation.


These are all related to human activity and have varying importance depending on the location. Commodity-driven deforestation is caused by human activities (i.e. agricultural expansion, mining and oil extraction) and is the major driver especially in the tropical forests of Latin America and Southeast Asia.


Shifting agriculture or slash-and-burn is still practised in Africa and Asia and is the dominant driver of tree cover loss in the former. In North America and Europe, forestry and wildfire are the major cause of tree cover loss.


The number of threatened species highly correlates with TCL in each country. Indonesia and Madagascar, the two top countries with most threatened mammal species (191 and 121 species, respectively) are facing severe TCL. Approximately 90% of the represented countries are underperforming with a TCL score less than 50 (half of the best possible performance). More efforts to manage and protect forests in a sustainable way should be dedicated to these regions.

Sustainable Forest Management

PROGRESS TOWARDS PROTECTION OF FORESTS

The establishment of protected forests is an effective way to conserve biodiversity as it restricts severely damaging human activities such as logging or extractive industries. Increasing the proportion of forest area under legal protection also helps prevent and deter illegal logging and poaching. 


The plot shows the percentage of forests covered by legally protected areas in various regions. Southern Africa, South America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South-Eastern Asia have a higher percentage of protected forest areas because of historically high levels of uncontrolled deforestation. However, European and American regions have a lower proportion of legally protected area because a significant amount of forests are privately owned and thus need less public protection.


Indigenous communities play an important role in the conservation of biodiversity. Indigenous people steward around 80% of the world’s biodiversity on their aggregated territories. This presents an opportunity for the world to incorporate indigenous knowledge into the development of sustainable forest management. If legal protection is not the only way to conserve forests, it provides an accurate snapshot of forests’ status across the world today.

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Sustainable Forest Management

PROGRESS TOWARDS PROTECTION OF FORESTS

Graph

The establishment of protected forests is an effective way to conserve biodiversity as it restricts severely damaging human activities such as logging or extractive industries. Increasing the proportion of forest area under legal protection also helps prevent and deter illegal logging and poaching. 


The plot shows the percentage of forests covered by legally protected areas in various regions. Southern Africa, South America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South-Eastern Asia have a higher percentage of protected forest areas because of historically high levels of uncontrolled deforestation. However, European and American regions have a lower proportion of legally protected area because a significant amount of forests are privately owned and thus need less public protection.


Indigenous communities play an important role in the conservation of biodiversity. Indigenous people steward around 80% of the world’s biodiversity on their aggregated territories. This presents an opportunity for the world to incorporate indigenous knowledge into the development of sustainable forest management. If legal protection is not the only way to conserve forests, it provides an accurate snapshot of forests’ status across the world today.

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