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Forests cover only 30 percent of our planet’s land area, yet they are home to 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. They also sustain the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people, who directly depend on healthy forests for income. The trees, flowers, animals and microorganisms found in forests form a complex web of life; their interactions sustain some of our most basic needs, like clean air, healthy soils, medicines, crop pollination and fresh water.
Here’s our ranking of the world’s 10 most threatened forested hotspots, listed by percentage of remaining original habitat:
Hotspot Remaining habitat
1 Indo-Burma (southern Asia) 5%
2 New Caledonia (Pacific Islands) 5%
3 Sundaland (Indonesia/Malaysia) 7%
4 Philippines 7%
5 Atlantic Forest (South America) 8%
6 Mountains of Southwest China 8%
7 California Floristic Province (U.S. and Mexico) 10%
8 Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa 10%
9 Madagascar & Indian Ocean Islands 10%
10 Eastern Afromontane (Africa) 11%
Link : blog.conservation.org...
We will never have chestnut like we did in 1900, at least not in the next few hundred years.