Impacts on forests

Almost 4 000 abiotic disturbance events occurred from 2000-2009

Over one million people killed

Over 2.5 billion people impacted

Cost of over US$971 billion

Abiotic disturbances have clearly devastating impacts on people and economies. The following examples illustrate the significance, magnitude and severity of the impacts of abiotic events on forests and the forest sector. Click on each icon on the map below to learn more.


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More detailed information, including references, can be found in our publication Abiotic disturbances and their influence on forest health.

last updated:  Thursday, August 4, 2011