Deforestation and C02 emissions

As experts says, deforestation is estimated to be responsible for around 20 percent of all human-induced CO2 emissions. Most of this effect being happen in tropical forest. However this figure is highly uncertain. According to 2007 GTZ report, the reasons are:

  • There is a notorious lack in reliable forest inventories.
  • the ascertainment of deforestation depends on the diverging definitions of forests
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from forest degradation (i.e. vegetation loss inside a standing forest) are difficult to estimate, and there is no single accepted definition of it Re-growth after deforestation
  • N2O and CH4 emissions due to forest fires have not yet been quantified on a global scale, but they contribute in a significant way to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

What do you think? Should we give priority to avoiding deforestation?

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