Study finds widespread degradation, deforestation in African woodlands

  • New research has found that deforestation rates between 2007 and 2010 in the woodlands of southern Africa were five times greater than previously thought.
  • Similarly, carbon losses from the region during that time period were three to six times higher.
  • The study used radar data, as opposed to visual satellite imagery, to measure the biomass found in southern Africa’s woodlands.
  • Around 17 percent of the region’s area was degraded during the time period, the researchers found.

Forest Degradation (2018). Study finds widespread degradation, deforestation in African woodlands. [online] Conservation news. Available at: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/08/widespread-degradation-deforestation-in-african-woodlands/ [Accessed 4 Sep. 2018].

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