TENDUA - Association for biodiversity conservation

Forests: a moment to bring them down but how many centuries to get new ones?

The world’s forests represent :

  • 30% of the total area of emerged land (less than 4 billion hectares, according to FAO 2015). Some 400 years ago, 66 % of lands were covered with forests ;
  • 80 % of the original world forest cover was brought down or degraded, essentially during the last 30 years. All in all, about 129 million hectares of forests were lost since 1990, that is an almost equivalent surface in size to South Africa (according to the World Resources Institute). However :
  • According to the FAO, 60 million people are totally dependent on forests to live ;
  • Forests shelter 80% of terrestrial biodiversity ;
  • Forests absorb one third of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels into the atmosphere ;
  • To become a forest, firstly, pioneers’ species colonize the space. After about 50 years, they die all together and produce the humus that is necessary for the growing of the forest. To get an “adult” forest, it will be needed another 700 years, if nothing comes to disturb it.
  • The oxygen, the water, the food, the medicine … and the whole humanity depend on forests. STOP KILLING FORESTS !

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