the state of being clear of trees
the removal of trees
The process of destroying a forest and replacing it with something else, especially by an agricultural system.
Origin: From Latin de + forresta, forestis
Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forestland to farms, ranches, or urban use. More than half of the animal and plant species in the world live in tropical forests. The term deforestation is often misused to describe any activity where all trees in an area are removed. However in temperate climates, the removal of all trees in an area—in conformance with sustainable forestry practices—is correctly described as regeneration harvest. In temperate mesic climates, natural regeneration of forest stands often will not occur in the absence of disturbance, whether natural or anthropogenic. Furthermore, biodiversity after regeneration harvest often mimics that found after natural disturbance, including biodiversity loss after naturally occurring rainforest destruction. Deforestation occurs for many reasons: trees are cut down to be used or sold as fuel or timber, while cleared land is used as pasture for livestock, plantations of commodities and settlements. The removal of trees without sufficient reforestation has resulted in damage to habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity. It has adverse impacts on biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Deforestation has also been used in war to deprive an enemy of cover for its forces and also vital resources. A modern example of this was the use of Agent Orange by the United States military in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Deforested regions typically incur significant adverse soil erosion and frequently degrade into wasteland.
The numerical value of deforestation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of deforestation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The trend is that deforestation is increasing.
The country must make a strong push to tackle growing deforestation, we have to be very careful about deciding what we will accept for forest loss.
The zero deforestation commitment should not be a trade barrier because deforestation is a governance issue and about effective implementation, not about trade.
We have learned over the years that this connection between economic growth and deforestation is not real, the period when we saw the fastest economic growth in Brazil is the same period when we saw the biggest decrease in deforestation.
I can't afford to rent anywhere else, every time it rains I pray to God for it to stop. But what can I do ? Even a short downpour can leave the capital flooded as piles of rubbish on the streets and debris filled canals block drains, which exacerbates flooding. Natural disasters linked to climate change will only get more frequent and extreme in the future, experts say. Decades of deforestation have left Haiti even more exposed to natural disasters, with less than three percent of its original forest cover still intact, according to the UNDP. This causes soil erosion and reduces the ability of soil to retain water, making Haiti more vulnerable to flooding and landslides. During heavy rainfall, there are few trees to stop water washing down the bare mountains. While 5.5 million tree seedlings have been planted in Haiti by the UNDP since 2010, not enough has been done to stop people cutting down trees in the first place. Selling charcoal, which comes from burning wood, is used for cooking and is a key source of income for many Haitians living in the countryside. .
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- desforestacióCatalan, Valencian
- Abholzung, EntwaldungGerman
- déboisement, déforestationFrench
- desmatamento, desflorestamentoPortuguese
- [[вы́рубка]] [[лес, обезле́сениеRussian
- avskogning, skogsskövlingSwedish
- phá rừngVietnamese
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