The removal of trees to convert land to non-forest use, such as agriculture, grazing, and urban development.


Agriculture is the biggest driver of deforestation around the world.

Forests that provide habitat for rare and endangered species are amongst the most important to safeguard from deforestation. These include tropical forests in S E Asia, Africa and South America, forests on islands (e.g. Madagascar) and forests where only small fragments of the original remain.

Some of these forests are in regions at risk of deforestation as competition for land increases, particularly in areas that are able to produce key commodities such as soy, palm oil, and beef. Through satellites we can now use remote sensing and other forms of technology to track forest loss in close to real time.

Use the map below to see how deforestation is impacting on some of our most important forests.

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