Central Africa: has deforestation reached its peak?
The event will present the first data generated by a global, standardised and large-scale methodology developed by FAO that assesses trends in deforestation and forest degradation in Central Africa.
The data from the scientific studies on which the latest global and regional estimates of deforestation and forest degradation and the direct drivers associated with these processes are available until 2015 only. Moreover, these studies often do not include an analysis of degradation induced by logging, timber harvesting and other commercial activities, nor do they include an analysis of the historical direct drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. Finally, there are increasing signs that the causes of the growing pressure on the Congo Basin forests are becoming more complex.
The CAFI-funded and FAO-implemented study "Estimating deforestation and forest degradation of current and historical direct drivers using SEPAL" contributes to updating data and analysis of forest change in Central Africa, especially since the lack of updated data and analysis of current and historical direct drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in this region prevents the emergence of a regional consensus on the drivers and agents of forest disturbances.
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