“Forest fires can often start in the most innocuous of circumstances, sometimes from a casually discarded item which sets one tree alight and subsequently spreads to cover an enormous area. They are also triggered by weather conditions such as unseasonable heat and high winds, a combination of which can lead to entire forests being engulfed within hours. Not only do these disasters cause devastation to land and forestry; they can also claim hundreds of innocent lives, not least those of courageous firefighters who give their lives trying to save others.”
Find out which have been the deadliest forest fires of all time with the infographic below:
Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be destroyed by 2030 according to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). The organisation has identified eleven forests that are major deforestation fronts and where 80% of forests loss is projected to take place over the next two decades under business-as-usual scenarios and without interventions to prevent losses.
This interactive StoryMap that Crowe’s Sawmills has put together, highlights 11 of the world’s most at risk forests:
“Forests are an essential part of the global ecosystem. Over the years forests have come under intense pressure from logging, conflicts, natural hazards, climate change, pollution, urban development, fire, disease and conversion to agriculture. This infographic is a concise way of highlighting the benefits of forests whilst listing the threats and remedies.”
“To build a sustainable, climate-resilient future for all, we must invest in our world’s forests. That will take political commitment at the highest levels, smart policies, effective law enforcement, innovative partnerships and funding.”