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Tropical Moist Forests - Degradation year map

Tropical moist forests have a huge environmental value. They play an important role in biodiversity conservation, terrestrial carbon cycle, hydrological regimes, indigenous population subsistence and human health (1-5). They are increasingly recognized as an essential element of any strategy to mitigate climate change. Deforestation, and degradation compromise the functioning of tropical forests as an ecosystem, lead to biodiversity loss and reduced carbon storage capacity. Deforestation and fragmentation are increasing the risk of virus disease outbreaks. This map shows where degradation occurred in the last three decades (between 1982 and 2020) and the year when the forest has been degraded for the first time (and remained degraded up to 2020).

Vancutsem, C., Achard, F., Pekel, J.-F., Vieilledent, G., Carboni, S., Simonetti, D., Gallego, J., Aragao, L., Nasi, R., Long-term (1990-2020) monitoring of tropical moist forests dynamics. Preprint available: Doi 10.1101/2020.09.17.295774 If you are using the data as a layer in a published map, please include the following attribution text: 'Source: EC JRC’


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