Forests grow as carbon emissions fall

A woman unloading mangrove logs that will be used for charcoal production in Thailand. Photo credit: FAO/J. Koelen

The area covered by forests around the world is on the increase according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) while carbon emissions are falling.

A report by the agency suggests that emissions from forests are down by 25 per cent.

Typically, trees absorb carbon dioxide, but when land is cleared and its use changes, emissions of the so-called greenhouse gas can increase.

Kenneth MacDicken is a Senior Forestry Officer with FAO.

On the International Day of Forests which falls on Saturday, Sandra Ferrari spoke with Mr MacDicken and began by asking him why carbon emissions have decreased.

Duration: 4'19"

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