Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released their Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) for 2020. The report is published every five years (starting in 1990) and compiles forestry data from 236 countries and territories.

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) has published its Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) for 2020. This report is published every five years (since 1990) and compiles data on forests from 236 countries and territories.

In 2020, on 223 countries and territories, 113 reported having forest areas of mangrove swamp. Globally, the area of mangroves is estimated at 14.8 million ha.

“More than 40% of the world’s mangrove area is located in four countries: Indonesia (19 of the world total), Brazil (9%), Nigeria (7%) and Mexico (6%)”.

“Globally, the area of mangroves decreased by 1.04 million ha between 1990 and 2020 (Table 31). The rate of loss more than halved over the three decades, from 46 700 ha per year in 1990–2000, to 36 300 ha per year in 2000– 2010, to 21 200 ha per year in the most recent decade.”

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