Since 2000, more than 100 million hectares of the world's surviving intact forests have been seriously degraded -- by logging, road building, fragmentation, and other disturbances.
That's an area three times the size of Germany.
The report focuses on "Intact Forest Landscapes" -- large expanses of remaining forest land that survive in pristine or near-pristine condition. Key findings include:
• Since 2000, over 8% of the world's intact forests have been degraded
• Almost 95% of remaining intact forests are in tropical and boreal regions
• The largest areas of degradation were in the northern boreal forests of Canada, Russia, and Alaska, and in tropical regions such as the Amazon and Congo
• Canada, Russia, and Brazil contain nearly two-thirds of the world’s remaining Intact Forest Landscapes, and accounted for over half of all forest degradation
• Road building, often linked to logging and extractive industries, was a key driver of forest degradation, with fires and forest clearing for agriculture having big impacts in some regions
The new maps on which these analyses are based can be analyzed using tools on the cutting-edge Global Forest Watch platform. This is a dynamic, online forest monitoring and alert system that can detect changes in near real time.
You can read more about the main findings in this press release.
Kudos to the groups that produced this report for a vital and timely analysis.