Despite gains in Brazil, forest destruction still 'stubbornly' high: report

April 04, 2024

High rates of tropical forest loss remain "stubbornly consistent" despite nations pledging in recent years to protect these critical environments, said researchers from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the University of Maryland. Around 3.7 million hectares of primary tropical forest -- an area nearly the size of Bhutan -- was lost last year, they said. "Impressive" declines in Brazil and Colombia were "largely counteracted by increases" in tropical forest lost elsewhere, said Mikaela Weisse from WRI, a nonprofit research organisation. Aside from soaking up huge quantities of carbon, tropical forests protect soil, host the majority of the world's plant and animal species, and filter air and water. Off track"The 2023 data shows that countries can cut rates of forest loss when they muster the political will to do so.

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