Mapping tropical deforestation on our planet…
1800 – Our tropical rainforests…
In 1800, there were over 3 billion hectares of tropical rainforest worldwide, roughly 12% of the Earth’s surface.
2009 – Our tropical rainforests…
Today there are around 1.5 billion hectares remaining. Although the rainforests now cover less than 6% of the planet’s surface they contain the majority of life on Earth.
Over half of all animal species and two thirds of plant species. Literally millions of species, many yet to even be discovered, let alone examined for their potential usefulness.
2050 – Our tropical rainforests… disappearing in our lifetime!
If current rates of deforestation continue it is estimated that only 20% of the rainforest will be remaining in 2050.
Although the deforestation averages a loss of less than 1% of the forests per year, it is believed that after the loss of 30-40% of a rainforest, the remaining forest will become so destabilized that it may collapse.
Source: Global Canopy Programme