Global forest shrinking at slow pace

Added On July 10, 2018

The amount of deforestation has slowed in recent years.
That's according to the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO), who says parts of the world have made big strides in protecting their forests.
According to a FAO report, the amount of Earth covered by forest continues to shrink: from 31.6 percent of total land in 1990 to 30.6 percent in 2015.
However, it says that "the pace of loss has slowed in recent years".
And that there is evidence that forests are being managed more sustainably.
Officials praised the work of Europe, North American and China, where it said great efforts have been made to reforest land.
However it also singled out Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean as needing more work.
The UN agency is now calling on governments to strengthen their policies - pointing out how forest conservation can reduce poverty, and create sustainable development.