Lost forests in the world may 23 to more than four times the area of Japan in 30 years 10:02
The United Nations is calling for conservation of approximately 1,000,000 square kilometers of forest, which is more than double the area of Japan worldwide in the past year, as deforestation progresses to secure farmland.
This was revealed in a report published on 22 February by the FAO=THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the UNEP=UN Environment Programme.
According to this, forests occupy approximately 1,000,000 square kilometers of land area in the entire world, but in the past year, about 1,000,000 square kilometers of forest swelled, mainly in Africa and South America. This is about 4.7 times the size of japan.
Deforestation is one of the reasons for logging in 46 countries located in the tropics and subtropical regions, with approximately 40% of large-scale agriculture growing ranches, soybeans, and oil palms, 33% securing farmland for self-sufficiency, and 10% for urban expansion and infrastructure development, respectively.
The United Nations has warned that “deforestation and degradation of forests continue to occur on a very large scale and biodiversity is being lost,” and called for reviews of food production methods and conservation of forests.