FAO Warns of Increase in Deforestation
HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 31 (acn) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) continues to warn on the increase of deforestation in many countries.
A recent report revealed that deforestation will continue at an alarming rate in a number of nations and South America is among the regions that is most affected.
Although over half of the forest areas in the world is concentrated in Russia, Brazil, Canada, United States and China, 10 nations or areas do not have forests at all and another 54 covers less than 10 percent of its total surface.
Considered the most complete forest research carried out by FAO up until now, entitled: “Evaluation of the 2010 World Forest Resources”, the research covered 233 countries and territories.
The investigation recognized, however, that the lost of forests in the world, mainly the conversion of tropical forests in agricultural land decreased in the last 10 years.
The reforestation of trees recovered organization and increased across the island starting in 1987 with the creation of what is known as the Turquino-Manati Project, which includes the participation of the population, state institutions and organizations belonging to the National Forest Program.
Cuba began a slow reforestation since the early days of the Revolution in 1959, and 14 percent of the surface was increased to a 24.8 and is expected to reach 29.3 by 2019.