In 2018, worldwide, twelve million hectares of tropical forest lost. Especially troubling is the loss of 3.6 million hectares of primary rainforest, is larger than the area of Belgium, reports the World Resources Institute (WRI).
The data is in the report, Global Forest Watch, and are based on figures from the University of Maryland.
According to the annual report was 2018 the three worst years in terms of the loss of forests, after 2016, 2017 and 2014. The countries most affected are Brazil, Indonesia, Congo, Colombia and Bolivia. Not only intentional deforestation is deforestation, the destruction of forests by burning, which plays an important role.
‘Primary tropical rainforests are the forests that have the biggest impact on carbon emissions and biodiversity, ” says Mikaela Weisse of the WRI. Such forests have trees that are hundreds to thousands of years old. They store more carbon dioxide than other forests and are irreplaceable for biodiversity. They offer a habitat to animals such as orang-utans, gorillas, jaguars and tigers. “Once these forests are cut down, they can never to their original condition to return”, says the WRI.