Asia must reverse deforestation: UN

Parts of Asia are losing more than 28,000 square kilometres of forest every year, a United Nations report said on Thursday, a worrying trend that must be reversed immediately to fight climate change.

Deforestation accounts for 20% of global greenhouse gases, Reuters reported the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific as saying. Reversing the trend, it added, would also help reduce the impact of soil erosion and drought, protect against floods
and increase biodiversity and food security.

The report added that Asian countries are likely to face an influx of "eco-refugees" from within their own countries and from elsewhere in
the region.

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