DEFORESTATION

Does is make sense?

Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and billions of people rely on what forests have to offer like, food, fresh water and even shelter...So, why are we killing our forests?


FORESTS ARE UNPROTECTED AND THEIR BENEFITS ARE IN JEOPARDY

IMPACTS

Reduced biodiversity - up to 80% of the world's DOCUMENTED species can be found in the tropical rainforests, which are in great danger because of deforestation

Increased greenhouse gas emissions - forests help to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide

Disruption of water cycles - trees play a KEY role in the water cycle

Disrupted livelihood in and around the forests

Impacts on an abundance of species and plants from the Amazon to Yangtze



WHAT IS BEING DONE?

Offsetting Carbon Emissions from Forests



reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and the conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks




Creating Protected Areas



Securing forest ecosystems as parks and other protected areas can help to preserve their valuable plants and animals for future generations. Protected areas have proved key to the preservation of some species, such as the mountain gorillas that live in the forests of East Africa.





Promoting Sustainable Bioenergy


promote bioenergy from scrap wood, oil and fats, sugar and starch crops, residues and wastes, and even algae to reduce reliance on forests and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.






Timelapse: Devastating Deforestation

IT ALL STARTS SOMEWHERE

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