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High-resolution interactive map of the World's deforestation



According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, the overwhelming direct cause of deforestation is agriculture [1,2], in fact, tropical forests are diminishing in extent due primarily to the rapid expansion of agriculture [4]. In a general perspective:

  • Subsistence farming is responsible for 48% of Deforestation
  • commercial agriculture is responsible for 32% of deforestation;
  • logging is responsible for 14% of deforestation and
  • fuel wood removals make up 5% of deforestation [1,2].

The problem didn't go unnoticed by the United Nation's Program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), who built an ambitious plan aiming to reduce the 20% contribution to global emissions of greenhouse gases from the forest sector, offering a financial value of the carbon stored in forests as an incentive for local communities. Image: Deforestation by crustmania under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).