World Rainforest Movement

The Process of Deforestation

The rate of tropical forest destruction has become more intense over the past decades. During the 1980s, according to FAO, an area of 150 million ha was deforested, mostly tropical forests. In the 1990s, forest loss increased to 160 million ha. In the following period 2000-2010, 130 million hectares were destroyed, which seems to indicate a reduction compared with the two previous decades. However, the real forest loss appears lower than it actually is because for the FAO, industrial tree monocultures, often called ´green deserts´ by affected communities, are the same as forests that provide home and food for forest dependent peoples (see also under ´forest definition´).

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