WHAT IS DEFORESTATION?
Deforestation is the process of cutting down forests or groups of trees which is then turned into non-forest use. These are usually converted to farms, ranches, or used for urban use.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
...forests cover 30% of Earth's land
...80% of Earth' land animals and plants live in forests, and deforestation threatens many species
...deforestation can cause soil erosion and flooding
...agriculture and timbering are the main causes of deforestation
...almost half of the world's timber and paper is consumed by Europe, the United States and Japan alone
We used the images recorded by the satellite to detect deforestation in Kosovo.
Use the map to look at the forest loss in Kosovo from 2001 to 2019. Scroll the bar to discover the events over time. In red the total deforestation, in yellow the deforestation per year.
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Legend: Forest loss area in Kosovo 2001-2019 Forest loss per year
In Kosovo between 2000 and 2019, our forest cover has reduced by an estimated 7618 ha
This means the rate of deforestation equaled to a loss of 1.5 football fields every day, since 2000
Due to deforestation, in Kosovo the native species in danger are wolf, bear, fox, eagle, lynx and woodpeckers
Kosovo has a forest area of about 481 thousand hectares and the annual forest loss index in Kosovo is 654 ha/year
Scroll the slider. Can you notice any differences?
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Participate in addressing the deforestation issue in Kosovo, as a teacher or school!