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10/01/2018

Central America Weakens Forest Shield Against Future Droughts

“We work together with farmers because we want them to adapt to climate change, establish improved pastures, and change their mentality"

A girl protects herself from the strong heat

The forest cover in Central America decreased from 46 percent in 2000 to 41 percent in 2015. Forest cover shrank from 32 to 26 percent in Nicaragua, from 66 to 62 percent in Panama, and from 16 to 13 percent in El Salvador. The exception was Costa Rica where more than half (54 percent) of the land is covered by trees, compared to 47 percent 15 years ago.

Pieter Van Lierop, subregional forestry officer and team leader of the FAO Natural Resources, Risk Management and Climate Change Group in Costa Rica, explained that there are many factors driving this process. The progress made is due, he said, “in part to the priority put in this country on its forest policy.”

“Another factor is the structural changes in agriculture, which have reduced the pressure to convert forests into agricultural land and have led to an increase in the area covered by secondary forests and to legal controls to prevent the change from natural forest to other uses for the land,” he said.

 

Author: Daniel Salazar
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