Rome. The worldwide pace of deforestation has slowed down for the first time on record, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said on Thursday.
On a total forest area of four billion hectares, the world lost 13 million hectares of forests per year between 2000 and 2010  down from around 16 million in the 1490-2000 period, It said in a report.

“For the first time, we are able to show that the rate of deforestation has decreased globally as a result of concerted efforts taken both at local and international level,” said Eduardo Rojas, assistant director general of FAO’s forestry department, in a statement.
“New forests are being created. Either through the expansion of forests or more rapidly through the planting of trees” said Mate Loyc he  Wilkie, the report’s  coor-dinator, at a press conference,
Planted forests now account for about 7 percent of global forests, said Wilkie.
Asia “registered a net gain of some 2.2 million hectares annually in the last decade, mainly because of large-scale afforestation programs in China, India and Vietnam,” Rojas said.
But Rojas warned: “The rate of deforestation is still very high in many countries and the area of primary forest — forests undis¬turbed by human activity — continues to decrease”.
The highest annual losses were registered in South America, which lost four million hectares, and Africa, which lost 3,4 million hectares.
Forest area remained stable in North and Central America, while in Europe it continued to expand, although at a slower rate than in the past
Agence France-Presse



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26 Maret 2010