Overexploitation of forests, other woodland areas and trees and shrubs is a major cause of land degradation. Asia, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean, has the highest figures for land degraded by deforestation.

Pakistan: workers in a forest nursery tending tree seedlings that will be planted in dry areas
FAO photo by G. Bizzarri

More photos in this series:

  • Sudan: hungry goats feeding on a solitary Acacia shrub
  • Niger: building barriers to prevent the expansion of degraded land cover

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