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Less than 50% of tropical forests have high ecological integrity; of these, less than 7% are in PAs

Only a tiny fraction of the world’s most pristine tropical forests are protected from destruction, according to a recent study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Humid broadleaf tropical and sub-tropical forests cover just 14% of the Earth’s land surface, but support at least half of the world’s species and provide important ecosystem services like carbon sequestration and water cycling. This makes these ecosystems crucial to meeting global climate and conservation targets such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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