World off track to end deforestation in 2030

World off track to end deforestation in 2030

With just six years remaining until 2030, during which time leaders of 145 countries promised to halt and reverse forest loss in the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use at the UNFCCC COP26 in November 2021, global deforestation in 2023 persisted.

To reach zero deforestation by 2030, a 10% annual reduction must be met, yet the global deforestation rate in 2023 was 2% higher than the baseline from 2018-2020. Thus, the world is off track to meet this target, according to the Deforestation and Restoration Targets Tracker of the World Resources Institute (WRI).

The global rate of primary forest loss remained “stubbornly consistent” in 2023, even as forest loss and deforestation globally showed a “remarkable” 36% (Brazil) and 49% (Colombia) decrease in primary forest loss between 2022 and 2023.

These findings come from Forest Pulse, the Global Forest Watch platform of the World Resources Institute (WRI) that provides information on global forest loss and deforestation based on the most recent data and analysis.

“As some countries show political will to reduce forest loss and others do not, the frontiers of forest loss are shifting: the notable reductions in Brazil and Colombia were counteracted by sharp increases in forest loss in Bolivia, Laos and Nicaragua, and more modest increases in other countries.

“Total tropical primary forest loss in 2023 totaled 3.7 million hectares, the equivalent of losing almost 10 football (soccer) fields of forest per minute. While this represents a 9% decrease from 2022, the rate in 2023 was nearly identical to that of 2019 and 2021. All this forest loss produced 2.4 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon dioxide emissions in 2023, equivalent to almost half of the annual fossil fuel emissions of the United States.”

For more information on the 2023 forest loss trends, please go to WRI’s Global Forest Review.

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