Scientists map biodiversity changes in the world's forests

Friday 7 Jun 2024

A comprehensive map of worldwide forest biodiversity has been created by researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich. This data, combined with climate projections, can help guide conservation and restoration efforts

Forests cover approximately one-third of the Earth's land surface and provide numerous benefits, including raw materials, carbon sequestration, climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, and human well-being. Despite their importance, around 31% of tree species are threatened with extinction.

To address this, scientists have been working to understand which parts of the world are experiencing the most significant changes, which regions need the most protection, and which tree species are most resilient to local climate change impacts. 

The findings, published in Nature Communications, provide valuable insights for policymakers and planners, helping to shape sustainable forest management practices worldwide.

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