4.06 billion remaining hectares, and other new numbers on forests… But what do they mean?

The world has 4.06 billion remaining hectares of forests, of which only about 1.11 billion hectares are primary forests, or native forests that remain largely undisturbed by humans. While the assessment presented in the new U.N. report is a lesson in not missing the forest for the trees, experts from the forestry research community highlight the importance of keeping a watchful eye on the latter too.

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