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Infographic: How are the world’s forests changing?

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has released an infographic based on Global Forest Resources Assessments 2015, which revealed that forested areas have decreased, but rate of net forest loss has been cut by 50%.

Challenges remain

  • The extent of the world’s forest continues to decline as human populations continue to grow and demand for food and land increases.
  • Implementing sustainable forest management practices requires sound policies and positive returns on investment to encourage adoption.
  • Governments, private companies, communities, civil society and international organizations must invest in forest management to ensure a steady supply of forest goods and services for future generations.

FAO forests infographic

FAO has been monitoring the world’s forests at 5 to 10 year intervals since 1946. The Global Forest Resources Assessments (FRA) are now produced every five years in an attempt to provide a consistent approach to describing the world’s forests and how they are changing. The Assessment is based on two primary sources of data: Country Reports prepared by National Correspondents and remote sensing that is conducted by FAO together with national focal points and regional partners. The scope of the FRA has changed regularly since the first assessment published in 1948. These assessments make an interesting history of global forest interests, both in terms of their substantive content, but also in their changing scope.