The world has 4.06 billion remaining hectares of forests, of which only about 1.11 billion hectares are primary forests, or native forests that remain largely undisturbed by humans. While the assessment presented in the new U.N. report is a lesson in not missing the forest for the trees, experts from the forestry research community highlight the importance of keeping a watchful eye on the latter too.
Axel Fassio, CIFOR
New Regional Director of Fisheries and the Blue Economy of Menabe, Tsiry Niaina Randrenjarivelo (yellow hat), participated in a USDA Forest Service-supported planting and monitoring of mangrove seedlings in the region. Photo credit: USDA Forest Service Johnnah Ranariniaina