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It's clear cut: Deforestation hastens climate change

1.6 billion people

Made in the shade

Nearly 25% of the world’s population relies directly on forest resources — e.g., food, medicine and fuel — in order to survive. Protecting forests, including mangroves and tropical forests, protects livelihoods for millions of people.

3.1% forest loss

Cutting back

Between 1990 and 2015, the world lost 129 million hectares (318 million acres) of forest cover. That’s an area equivalent to Peru — or Texas, California and Florida combined. The Amazon forest, Earth’s largest, loses 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) each year.

80% of deforestation

Dangerous harvest

Agriculture is the primary driver of forest loss, accounting for 80% of deforestation worldwide. Most of those trees are cleared for oil palm, soy, cattle and timber. And where there’s agriculture, there are greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from agriculture have increased significantly over the past 50 years and account for about a third of global emissions.

What's Your Carbon Footprint?

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Standing up for the world’s forests

Protecting and restoring tropical forests represents 30 percent of global action needed to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. That's why Conservation International is committed to preventing deforestation and supporting the restoration of forests around the world.

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