Lives of 1.6 billion people of the world affected
“Continuous depletion and loss of forests affects the survival of forest ecosystems, reducing their ability to provide essential services and maintain biodiversity,” the researchers said. “It also affects the lives of at least 1.6 billion people living in the world, especially those in developing countries, who depend on forests for various purposes,” he said.
‘The role of rich countries in destroying forests should be investigated’
The study also found that the loss of forests is mainly reaching low-income countries in tropical regions, while forest cover is increasing in high-income countries in extra-tropical regions. “While the loss of forests is mainly occurring in less developed countries, the role of rich countries in this also needs to be studied more deeply,” said Ronald C. Astock, who led the study team.
Monitoring of forests being done globally
According to the researchers, monitoring of forests is an important part of various social and environmental initiatives being carried out globally, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Climate Agreement and the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. He made it clear that in order to meet the goals set out in these initiatives, efforts are needed to stop the loss of forest cover by focusing on the conservation of forests around the world.