Got wood? Infographic shows new, key statistics on the state of Africa's forests that you need to know

Gabon star Africa performer with annual forest area gain of 200,000 between 2010 and 2015.

SINCE the first forest resources assessment was published in 1948, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has reported periodically on the situation of the world’s forests. A crucial subject matter considering forests have a vital role in protecting and restoring the world’s ecosystems, supporting communities and providing services. 

At the recently ended World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, the FAO launched “The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015: How are the world’s forests changing?”

One of the key findings was that over the past 25 years, even though globally the extent of the world’s forest continues to decline, as human populations continue to grow and demand for food and land increases, the rate of net forest loss has been cut by over 50%.

Here are some of the other key “Africa” revelations :  


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