Ghana’s rainforest vanishing faster than that of any other country in the world

Reports have indicated that Ghana’s loss of rainforest has been recorded as the highest in the world. The new report, by Global Forest Watch (GFW), shows details loss of rain forests all over the world.

GFW used updated remote sensing and satellite data from the University of Maryland and estimates that there was a 60 per cent increase in Ghana’s primary rain forest loss in 2018 compared to 2017, and this reported to be the highest in the world.

Per a report by Myjoyonline.com, the country with the second highest loss is Côte d’Ivoire with a 28 per cent increase. Together, these two countries produce almost 60 per cent of the world’s cocoa. However, the Democratic Republic of Congo lost the largest size of tropical primary rain forest in Africa and collectively, the world lost 3.6 million hectares of primary rain forest last year, an area the size of Belgium in 2018 alone.

The researchers revealed that in 2002, Brazil and Indonesia accounted for 71 per cent of the tropical primary forest loss. Though those two countries accounted for 46 per cent of total loss in 2018, the loss rates in Africa, in particular, saw a significant increase.

For decades, Ghana is reputed to be one of the leading timber exporters in the world, but its forest cover has shrunk significantly over the years, leaving timber processors in the country worried about the importation of lumber from neighbouring countries and South America.

In a 2016 report, the Forestry Commission disclosed that almost 80 per cent of Ghana’s forest resources under state management had been lost to illegal logging activity since 1990.