The good news, as such things are reckoned, is that a recent U.N. study found a net loss of 7.3 million forest hectares worldwide in 2005, down from 8.9 million hectares in the 1990s.
Yet massive, government-led reforestation programs around the world are often met by persistent destruction at the grassroots.
Burkina Faso exemplifies the problem, in miniature. A government program there to reforest lands in the sub-Saharan region aims to plant nine million new trees — yet two-thirds of the nation’s forests have been cleared for agriculture, and growing populations are increasing the pressure for more farming.
Overgrazing and illegal timber-cutting are also to blame, according to reports.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, a genetic experiment to study tree reproduction was disrupted when activists broke into a research compound and cut down 20 pine trees, to protest what they called lax security around potentially harmful research.
NYMHM HAS THE DETAILS:
“It Takes a Tree to Save a Village”
July 31, 2008
“For Forests Under Fire, a Slight Return”
Jul. 2, 2008
“Genetically Engineered Trees Cut Down”
Jan. 24, 2008
good News indeed its good to know that government is now working about this massive problem which will only lead to massive destruction…thanks a lot…pls email me if there are any progress about it..