Each year, Mozambique loses 219,000 hectares of forest cover (541,000 acres). While the government is doing all they can, they have been unable to stop the destruction.
Illegal logging is the main source to blame. In 2013, as much as 93% of all logging was illegal. In other words, almost all logging done in the country was being done irresponsibly in an unsustainable manner. While this number has dropped, widespread illegal forestry is still causing enormous issues.
First and foremost, the country is being deforested at record rates. As more trees are removed, water cycles are disrupted and soil degrades. Eventually, the land becomes barren and local peoples are forced to migrate—placing enormous stress on other areas. The cycle continues as more trees are cut down.
This is especially an issue in high-biodiversity areas like Mozambique where countless species of plants and animals are faced with habitat destruction. Furthermore, of almost 4% of species in Mozambique are threatened for extinction.
The message is clear: if no one takes action, Mozambique will continue to lose forests, and species will continue to die out.
But 8 Billion Trees is not willing to accept that reality. To fight back, we have partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to plant in Mozambique where fresh trees will revitalize devastated areas and bring back to life barren parts of the country.