According to new data primary forest loss in 2022 totalled 4.1 million hectares, equivalent to the surface of the Netherlands.
Despite global commitments and pledges, this represents an increase of 10% compared to 2021. The cumulative forest loss resulted in a total carbon dioxide emission of 2.7 gigatonnes (Gt), which is more than half of Europe’s total emissions in 2019.
While primary forest loss remained high in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it rapidly increased in countries like Ghana and Bolivia. Meanwhile, Indonesia and Malaysia managed to maintain rates of primary forest loss at near record-low levels.