The world’s precious few remaining large forests are fragmenting at an alarming rate, and the degradation in Canada leads the world.
It is very difficult to restore intact forests that have been degraded. Potapov estimated it would take 30 years for such forests to be restored in the tropics and more than 100 in boreal regions, such as Canada’s north.
Canada had 24 per cent of the world’s intact forest landscapes in 2013. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s intact forests are found in Canada, Russia and Brazil, but they are rapidly being degraded in those places.