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Read the good news and the bad news about forest conservation and find out some surprising facts and figures.

There are more than 1 billion hectares of lost or degraded forest lands worldwide which could be restored. This may increase to 1.5 billion hectares—almost the size of Russia—if boreal areas and forested protection of waterways and prevention of erosion in croplands are included. IUCN’s latest findings estimate that locally-controlled forestry yields US$130 billion in benefits for the poor each year. The speed at which trees are being cut down worldwide is slowing from 8.3 million hectares a year in 1990-2000 to 5.2 million in the past decade. Rwanda's forest policy has resulted in a 37% increase in forest cover. The ITTO an intergovernmental body that promotes the sustainable use of forest resources has revealed that the area of the world's tropical forests that are under some form of sustainable management has increased 50% since 2005, from 69 million hectares to 183 mil...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/forest/iyf/fact...

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