Africa / Biodiversity / Environment

Deforestation ‘faster in Africa’

Africa’s forests are disappearing faster than those in other parts of the world because of a lack of land ownership, a report says.

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Less than 2% of Africa’s forests are under community control, compared to a third in Latin America and Asia, say the Rights and Resources Initiative.

The deforestation rate in Africa is four times the world’s average.
At the current rate, it will take Congo Basin countries 260 years to reach the level of reform achieved in the Amazon.

Action on land tenure could help to halt deforestation, slow climate change and alleviate poverty, says the report, entitled Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities.

The study was presented in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, at a meeting of forest community representatives from Africa, Latin America and Asia.

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