Call to action 26 October 2023
The figures for forests
However, tropical forests are in danger. Over the past 30 years, 400 million hectares of tropical forests – an average of 13 million hectares a year – have disappeared. Most have been converted to agricultural land or industrial plantations, but some have been destroyed by fire.
Preserving tropical forests therefore means sustainable management of their resources to benefit rural communities and society in general.
- Developing and promoting sustainable natural forest ecosystem management methods.
- Developing programs of forest landscape restoration to meet the growing wood demand, and enhance their role in maintaining ecological and climatic balances.
- Taking account of forest ecosystems and the related supply chains in international and national policy.