IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, AN AREA OF SPONTANEOUS FORESTS AS BIG AS FRANCE HAS REGENERATED IN THE WORLD

The phenomena of deforestation and deforestation are increasingly present and harmful for the whole planet to make way for intensive agriculture, livestock or urbanization projects.

Unfortunately, a study on deforestation worldwide has shown that it travels at a too rapid pace and that between 2001 and 2019 about 386 million hectares of tree cover have been lost all over the world.

We are facing an extremely negative record that needs the intervention of all states to be stopped.

While a small positive news always comes from a WWF study, which shows how forests have ample capacity for spontaneous regeneration and colonization of abandoned spaces.

Thanks to the measures of protection and protection of the territory that favor the undisturbed reproduction of ecosystems, it is more than totally capable of reclaiming abandoned spaces, proliferating and recomposing themselves.

So much so that net of the negative record of felling and loss of wooded areas and ecosystems, in 20 years nature has managed to recover a territory as large as France, only a small part is due to human planting, the study carried out by WWF, Bird Life International and Wildlife Conservation Society, notes that most of these are new forests born from natural regeneration, easily leaving ecosystems free to grow.

The areas of the world in which the most new spontaneous forests have developed are, as regards Europe, that of the Balkans and Scandinavia, while for the rest of the world, Mongolia where in the last twenty years more than one million of hectares of new forests, then Siberia, Brazil and Canada lead the ranking.

In terms of CO2 absorption, these new forests have the capacity to absorb 5.9 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, more than the annual emissions of the United States.