Millions of hectares of the world’s forests disappeared



From 1990 to 2020, the world’s forest area fell by 178 million hectares, roughly equivalent to the size of Libya, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO).

“The main conclusion of the reports is that forest loss is continuing, but it has slowed recently, although this is not enough,” said Fao’s chief forest specialist Anse Bekarinin. The world’s forests currently have an area of 4.06 billion hectares (about 31% of land area). Over the past 30 years, forest area has declined by 178 million hectares, and experts believe the situation in Africa is particularly acute, followed by South America.”

He explained that most forests are located in Europe and make up 25% of the world’s resources.


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