Forests and woodland cover over 42% of the EU’s land area, and EU forests make up 5% of the world’s forests. Forests help regulate the climate, protecting us from natural disasters.
Deforestation is progressing at an alarming rate – forests cover around 30% of the world’s land area but 3% was lost between 1990 and 2005. Deforestation leads to soil erosion and increased flood risk, and is associated with around 15-20% of global CO2 emissions. Take a look at the Global Forest Watch interactive map to see how much tree cover has been lost over the last 15 years.
How you can help save the forests
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