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Football-pitch size patch of rainforest lost every six seconds in 2019

Football-pitch size patch of rainforest lost every six seconds in 2019

6/3/2020 9:25:00 AM

Football-pitch size patch of rainforest lost every six seconds in 2019

The total loss of tropical rainforest was 11.9m hectares, an area roughly three times the size of Switzerland

.Away from the tropics, Australia had its worst year on record for tree loss in 2019 with a six-fold increase due to widespread wildfires. The researchers believe that the true losses have not yet been fully documented as burning that continued into 2020 was not captured in the data.

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Brazil lost 1.36m hectares of forest. Other than in 2016 and 2017, when fires decimated the country's rainforests, last year was the worst in 13 years, primarily due to deforestation for agriculture and land use in the Amazon.Analyses found troubling new hot spots of loss within indigenous territories in the state of Pará. In the Trincheira/Bacajá indigenous territory, illegal land-grabbing led to accelerated deforestation. Mining also endangered forests in the Munduruku and Kayapó territories.

Watch moreIndigenous communities fear being 'wiped out' by the coronavirusBrazil’s government has proposed new legislation that would allow commercial mining and oil and gas extraction within indigenous territories.In neighbouring Bolivia, fires had a devastating impact last year. The country lost 290,000 hectares of forest in widespread blazes caused both by climate conditions and people clearing agricultural land. Some of the fires which were set raged out of control due to dry and windy conditions. Bolivia's forest loss was more than 80% greater than the next-highest year on record.

Hot spots of forest loss in Brazil's indigenous territories (Global Forest Watch)The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) lost 475,00 hectares of forest, a slight decrease from 2018 but still the third-highest annual loss on record. Most of the primary forest loss in the DRC was for agriculture to feel local communities but the study noted some evidence linking it to commercial logging, mining and plantations.

While Indonesia had the third largest forest loss (324,00 hectares) there were signs of hope. Primary forest loss in Indonesia decreased by 5% in 2019 compared to the year before, the third year in a row that it has been down. Government policies are believed to have played a role, including policing being stepped up to prevent forest fires and land clearing and a ban on clearing for oil palm plantations and logging.

The report noted that most countries will not meet their 2020 targets for protecting forests and tropical old-growth forest loss is showing no signs of slowing down. The coronavirus pandemic has only intensified the threats to forests as countries may attempt to kick-start their economies with extractive industries.

Read more: The Independent »

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