- Authors say just 22 percent of primary forests are located in protected areas and that less than 5 percent of original primary forest is left on Earth
- Half the world’s remaining primary forests located in U.S., Canada, Russia, Australia, and New Zealand
- Analysis provides clear policy recommendations to safeguard primary forests into the future
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New York – A team of conservationists has published a new global analysis and map showing the extremely precarious state of the world’s primary forests. The analysis is featured in a paper appearing in the early online edition of the journal Conservation Letters.
The analysis reveals that only 5 percent of the world’s pre-agricultural primary forest cover is now found in protected areas.
Primary forests – largely ignored by policy makers and under increasing land use threats – are forests where there are no visible indications of human activities, especially industrial-scale land use, and ecological processes have not been significantly disrupted. These forests are home to an extraordinary richness of biodiversity; up to 57 percent of all tropical forest species are dependent on primary forest habitat and the ecological processes they provide for their survival.