Tuesday, March 13, 2007

State of the World's Forests

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has released the 2007 edition of the State of the World's Forests. This annual report examines the forest cover of the world and has specific reports on each countries growth or loss of forest cover. Did you know that from 1990 to 2005, the world lost three percent of its total forest area, an average decrease of some 0.2 percent per year, according to FAO data. From 2000 to 2005, 57 countries reported an increase in forest area, and 83 reported a decrease. However, the net forest loss remains at 7.3 million hectares per year or 20,000 hectares per day, equivalent to an area twice the size of Paris.

For a quick overview of the report, check out the FAO's press release.

Want to learn more about the FAO? Check out the library's guide.

Want more forestry resources? Check out the library's guide.

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