Photo of the week #24: Biodiversity & climate change, the last tree standing

Photographer: Iain Crockart
Location: Black Mountains, Wales
Publication: Rio Conventions Calendar

The current rates of deforestation contribute to more than 20% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

This makes deforestation across the globe not only a significant contributor to climate change, but also to biodiversity loss.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that between 2000 and 2005, an average of 12.9 million hectares of forests was lost annually, mostly in South America, followed by Africa and Asia.

Moreover, deforestation’s contribution to biodiversity loss increases the negative impacts of climate change on a number of aspects affecting human life, including water, food and energy security and access to raw materials.

The Rio Conventions Calendar is published annually by Entico in partnership with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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