Journal article

Dynamics of global forest area: Results from the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015

Rodney J Keenan, Gregory A Reams, Frederic Achard, Joberto V de Freitas, Alan Grainger, Erik Lindquist

FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER | Published : 2015

Abstract

The area of land covered by forest and trees is an important indicator of environmental condition. This study presents and analyses results from the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 (FRA 2015) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FRA 2015 was based on responses to surveys by individual countries using a common reporting framework, agreed definitions and reporting standards. Results indicated that total forest area declined by 3%, from 4128Mha in 1990 to 3999Mha in 2015. The annual rate of net forest loss halved from 7.3Mhay−1 in the 1990s to 3.3Mhay−1 between 2010 and 2015. Natural forest area declined from 3961Mha to 3721Mha between 1990 and 2015, while pla..

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