31% decrease in Iran’s forest land in 40 years

TEHRAN, May 20 (MNA) – Iran’s forest lands have decreased by 31% over the past 40 years, head of Iran Forestry Association said here on Wednesday.

Kazem Nosrati blamed rapid destruction of the forest, timber smuggling, intensive farming, illegal logging, and unsustainable forest management practices for such a fall in the country’s forest land.


In 1969, 18 million hectares of the country were covered in forest, while now the forest areas cover 12.4 million hectares of the country, Nosrati lamented.


He described population growth, overpopulation and urbanization as other root causes of deforestation, and called for concerted efforts to demarcate appropriate places for construction. 


Global deforestation sharply accelerated around 1852. It has been estimated that about half of the earth's mature tropical forests — between 2.9 million to 3 million square meters of the original 5.8 million to 6.2 million square meters that until 1947 covered the planet — have now been cleared.


Some scientists have predicted that unless significant measures, such as seeking out and protecting old growth forests that haven't been disturbed, are taken on a worldwide basis, by 2030 there will only be ten percent remaining, with another ten percent in a degraded condition.  80 percent will have been lost, and with them hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable species.










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