A truck carrying trees cut from the Amazon Forests
According to a study by WWF, tree slaughter increased by 150 percent during the coronavirus period. According to a survey conducted in 18 countries, the area of tropical forests decreased by 6,500 square kilometers in March.
According to the research carried out by the Wildlife Conservation Foundation (WWF) in 18 countries, tropical forest areas decreased by 6,500 square kilometers in 18 countries; in March 2020, which is described as "corona bear";. The Under Magnifying glass taken countries; Central African Republic, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Paraguay.
The research, conducted by examining the data collected by the University of Maryland over satellite records, reveals that the tree massacre increased by 150 percent compared to 2017-2019. WWF reports that images are analyzed at 30 to 30 meters weekly, and a 50 percent reduction in areas covered by treetops is defined as the "destruction" of the forest area.
645 thousand hectares of tropical forest disappeared in 18 countries
Accordingly, approximately 645 thousand hectares of tropical forests were destroyed in 18 countries examined in March. This corresponds to seven times Berlin's surface area. This amount means an increase of 150 percent compared to the same period of 2017-2019.
According to the research, the biggest increase in tree slaughter was recorded in South American countries. These countries lost 220 thousand hectares of forest in March, which corresponds to 167 percent increase compared to the same period of 2017-2019.
The second major extinction was seen in African countries, with an increase of 152 percent. In six African countries examined, 123,000 hectares of forest was destroyed in March 2020.
Received to under magnifying glass, in Asia countrie's; experienced more than 300 thousand hectares of forest loss. This means a 155 percent increase compared to that time period.
State control in rural areas decreased
Forests are under greater threat due to the political measures taken for corona in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Malaysia, according to regional experts from WWF. Since the protection and control of forests in these countries could be done in a limited way during the corona fight period, the destruction of trees and the confiscation of the forest area became easier and increased. Indigenous areas in these countries have been under greater threat and the status of naturally protected areas has not been taken into account. Police, forest protection and other state security agencies took less measures to protect these areas. Employees of non-governmental organizations working on protecting natural areas could not witness the developments on site as they mostly carried out their work from home. The data collected by WWF indicate that the developments in Africa, Asia and South America have an indirect link with the corona pandemic.
Food sold to EU countries also plays a role in deforestation
One-sixth of the food products consumed by the European Union member countries come from these countries and play a role in the destruction of tropical forests. Some EU countries threatened to end the trade agreement with the South American Common Market (Mercosur) countries, especially since forest fires in the Amazon were not stopped.
News Author : Selma SEZGİN
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