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Conserve the world's most important forests to sustain nature's diversity, benefit our climate, and support human well-being

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While in 1990 forests made up 31.6 percent of the word's land area (4,128 million hectares), this has changed to 30.6 percent (3,999 million hectares) in 2015, while the bulk (93 %) of the world's forest area is natural forest and 7% is planted forest according to Forest Resource Assessment (FRA).

WHY DOES IT MATTER ?

In the world today, an estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This is an astounding figure and is equivalent to approximately 50 football pitch being removed every minute. 

In Thailand in the year 2016, there was approximately 30 % of the land area covered by forest at an area of 15.2 million hectares ha. This forest area covered all forest types including: swamp forest, degraded forest and areas reforested. 

Forests provide a vast array of resources to all of us, including food, wood, medicine, fresh water, and the air we breathe.

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WHAT IS WWF DOING ?

In response to these threats to the forests of Thailand the Forest Resources Management Unit (FRMU) of WWF Thailand aims to mobilise national policies, to enhance the conservation practices, of Thailand's forest resources, and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) for production forests. The FRMU will work with all stakeholders and partners to strengthen and improve management and planning for the terrestrial Protected Area system, promote sustainable management and utilisation of production forests and will explore ways to reverse the loss and degradation of forests to restore their ecological, economic and social roles and functions.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ?

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Without the trees, the ecosystem that supports the human population can fall apart.

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