- According to World Wide Life, It is estimated that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.
- Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce oxygen and are homes for many people and animals. Many threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and 1.6 billion people rely on benefits forests offer, including food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter (WWF).
Some 46-58 million square miles of forest are lost each year—equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.
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Forests work towards reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, but they become carbon sources when they are cut, burned or otherwise removed. Greenhouse gas emissions result in rising temperatures, changes in patterns of weather and water and an increased frequency of extreme weather events (WWF).
- For example, in Sumatra, rain forests on deep peat-lands are being cleared, drained and converted to pulp plantations, contributing to Indonesia’s high greenhouse gas emissions.
INCREASED SOIL EROSION
Without trees to anchor fertile soil, erosion can occur and sweep the land into rivers. The agricultural plants that often replace the trees cannot hold onto the soil. Many of these plants—such as coffee, cotton, palm oil, soybean and wheat—can actually make soil erosion worse.
Many people around the world depend on forests for various reasons.
- gathering and medicine,
- forest products such as rubber and rattan,
- and small-scale agriculture.
What are we doing?
- sustainable forest management,
- reforestation efforts
- and maintaining the integrity of protected areas.