The conversion of forested land to non-forested land as a direct result of human activities.

Source: Forest Carbon Accounting Definitions 


Deforestation refers to a non-temporary change of land use from forest to other land use or to the depletion of forest crown cover to less than 10 percent.

Clear cuts (even with stump removal) if shortly followed by reforestation for forestry purposes are not considered deforestation.

Source: FAO Dry Forests of Asia 

Related words:

Afforestation - Forest

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Deutsch: Entwaldung
Español: Deforestación
Français: Déforestation
Nederlands: Ontbossing

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