Stable Forest Area

Forests are important resources in the Orinoco River Basin. They provide homes for not only wildlife, but also for humans. People rely on forests for many services, such as water, food, building materials, and clothing. Threatened animals also rely on forests for their food and shelter. Forests around the Orinoco are under threat from deforestation. Deforestation occurs not only from logging for timber goods, but also from fires, agriculture, ranching, and development. Deforestation impacts plants and animals as well as humans.

How is it measured?

This indicator measures the amount of forest that has remained stable in the Amazonian transition sub-basins for the period 1990–2014, where forests are the main or dominant ecosystem. Forest area was calculated using satellite imagery (IDEAM 2015, Forest monitoring system).