Scientists track shrinking forest landscapes • Earth.com

Last update: March 30th, 2020 at 5:00 am

After many years of study on the subject of shrinking forest landscapes P. Potapov Md., and colleagues at the University of Maryland in College Park, published the results last week. The study which took place between 2000-2013 was featured in the Science Advances journal, published by AAAS. This astonishing image shows the intact forest landscape loss between 2000 and 2013.  The full title of the paper is “The last frontiers of wilderness: Tracking loss of intact forest landscapes from 2000 to 2013.”

Also when the Scientists track shrinking forest landscapes the found a high loss. An intact forest landscape (IFL) is a seamless mosaic of forest and naturally treeless ecosystems with no remotely detected signs of human activity and a minimum area of 500 km2.

Therefore the  size of these intact forest landscapes is important. The larger they are, the higher their conservation value. The importance of intact forest landscapes was recognised in Motion 48, adopted at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i.

Also Intact forest landscapes account for 20% of tropical forest areas. Also 40% of total above ground tropical forest carbon is stored in intact forest landscapes.

Image credit: Carla Schaffer / AAAS

By earth.com Editor-in-Chief Frances Levine

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