PARIS: More than 43 million hectares of forest – an area larger than Germany – have been lost in more than a decade in just a few hotspots of deforestation, conservation organization WWF said Wednesday.
Forest patches continue to be leveled every year – mainly due to industrial scale agriculture – as areas rich in biodiversity are cleared to create space for livestock and crops.
WWF analysis found that only 29 locations in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia are responsible for more than half of global forest loss.
The Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado, the Bolivian Amazon, Paraguay, Argentina, Madagascar, along with Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia and Malaysia were among the worst affected, he said.
In Brazil’s Cerrado region, home to five percent of the planet’s animals and plants, land was cleared rapidly for soy and livestock production, leading to the loss of 32.8 percent of forest area between 2004-2017.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports on a looming series of trade-offs in land use.
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