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Global Forest Assessment:
The FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment has been reporting on the extent of forest resources, their condition, management and uses since 1948.

International collaboration:
Deforestation is the conversion of forest to other land use - as defined in global forest assessments with the participation of more than 230 countries and territories.

Global Forest:
Today forests cover 31% of the global land area; down from an estimated maximum of 57% at the end of the last ice age.

Policy Changes:
The EU, US, and other nations have COMMITTED to developing policies addressing the trade in products associated with the risk of deforestation.

Forest Trends:
The global rate of net forest loss has SLOWED by 40% since 2000. Reforestation globally exceeds deforestation and forest recovery is stable to increasing.

Strategies to reduce deforestation require changes to agriculture and the process is well underway. Since 1961, the global human population has increased by 147% but the amount of land used for agriculture has increased only 7%.

Nearly 90% of deforestation is related to agriculture, 95% of global deforestation occurs in tropical regions, and 60% of tropical forest loss is associated with expansion of three crops - beef, soy, and palm oil.

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