Every Second Counts

By Taibah | Nature_ALs | 21 Mar 2021

Every second counts: What if every couple of seconds we lost world forest the size of a football court?

Today,21 March 2021 we celebrate International Day of Forests. This year's theme is "Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being".

As a local news here in INdonesia quoted FAO that in 2020, the world lost approximately 10.000.000 hectares of forest. As do a little counting later on, I figure out that everyday we lost around 27.397,26 hectares. If we divided that number to make a better sense of it, it came out in the horrifying statement I wrote up in the title: "Every couple of seconds, the world is losing its forest almost a size of a football court". This as I use the common 105x68 m (115x74 yd) footbal field.

Furthermore, as I find out in FAO news, there are currently around 2 billion hectares which is equal to twice the size of China, are degraded due to overuse, drought and unsustainable forest and land management practices.

These are nightmares for the world, and we just begin building our path to recovery and well-being. UN via FAO has declared that the pathway is forest restoration. Thus, they begin The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration this year.

I don't really buy the idea of that ecosystem restoration though. Because in Indonesia it was once a story of conflict between an ecosystem restoration project with indegineus people of Sorolangun area in Jambi. So, good luck UN.

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