An estimated 7.6 million hectares of forests are lost each year. In tropical rainforests particularly, deforestation continues to be an urgent environmental issue that jeopardizes people’s livelihoods, threatens species, and intensifies global warming. Forests make a vital contribution to humanity, but their full potential will only be realized if we halt deforestation and forest degradation. Between 1990 and 2015, the world lost some 129 million ha of forest, (an area the size of South Africa). When we take away the forest, it is not just the trees that go. The entire ecosystem begins to fall apart, with dire consequences.
The UK is the world’s 4th biggest importer of illegal timber. By 2030 55% of the Amazon Forest will be gone. Half the worlds forests have been altered, destroyed or land converted. We need to act now.