In the latest Global Forest Resources Assessment report (FRA 2020), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated although some 178 million hectares of forest have been lost worldwide over the past three decades, the rate of loss has declined substantially during this period.
Did you know the world’s forest area is decreasing, but the rate of loss has slowed?
— FAO (@FAO) July 21, 2020
The global total forest area stands at some 4.06 billion hectares but continues to decrease, according to FRA 2020. The UN food agency estimates that deforestation has robbed the world of roughly 420 million hectares since 1990, mainly in Africa and South America.
The top countries for average annual net losses of forest area over the last decade are:
• Democratic Republic of the Congo