- The past decade has seen global efforts to reduce deforestation through tree planting programmes, but do these programmes counter the losses caused by deforestation?
- A new survey conducted by FAO measured net forest gains and losses between 1998 and 2005 by climactic region and geographic region.
- Europe (inc Russia), N. America and Africa all had net losses, with S. America having the largest losses of 72.9 million hectares over the 7 year period. However, net losses were not as large as previously predicted.
- The research shows that whilst planting programmes are having a greater global impact than anticipated, far more work is needed to ensure sustainable use.
Government investment in land management, recycling campaigns, responsible consumerism could continue to play an important role in countering deforestation.
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