Twelve million hectares: this is the area of tropical forests that disappeared from the planet in 2018. This figure is advanced by the NGO Global Forest Watch, which is particularly concerned about the disappearance of primary forests, simply because these forests are irreplaceable for preserving biodiversity. They are an extremely important ecosystem, with trees that can be hundreds or even thousands of years old. And most importantly, they store more carbon than other forests.
In 2018, the equivalent of the surface of Belgium has disappeared: 3.6 million hectares of primary tropical forest.
This disappearance is concentrated in 5 countries: Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia (where the Amazonian forest undergoes clearcuts), but also the Democratic Republic of Congo and finally Indonesia, where the primary forest is threatened by the culture. of palm oil.
This trend could accelerate in 2019 with the El Nino phenomenon, ie drier conditions and therefore potentially more forest fires.
Closer to home, in Poland, the Bialo Vietsa Forest, one of the last primary forests in Europe, is now threatened