The forest is shrinking
The Forest Monitoring Initiative Global Forest Watch (GFW) provides empirical data on the state of our forests globally, through the analysis of satellite data. This information is thus much more accurate than the reports of the UN FAO, which are based on information provided by governments.
GFW’s most recent global figures were provided in 2020. Despite a large number of reforestation measures, more than 12 million hectares of tree cover loss were recorded only in the tropics – through deforestation, forest fires and other causes. Over one third of this (4.2 ha) was primary rainforest, with a 12% increase significantly more than in the previous year. These complex ecosystems are the world´s most biodiverse and store more carbon than other forests. To achieve a similar state with afforestation, it requires centuries – if at all possible. Deforestation is mainly due to plantations (especially soy and palm oil), timber extraction and because of the mineral wealth contained in these forests.