Taken together, Indicators 1 and 2 illustrate that achieving the goal of at least halving the rate of natural forest loss by 2020 will be challenging, but possible. The Hansen/GFW data shows negligible progress in reducing tree cover loss, while the FAO data demonstrates progress that may in fact achieve a halving in the rate of forest loss by 2020 if the current trajectory is maintained.
INDICATOR 1: ANNUAL GROSS FOREST/TREE COVER LOSS IN HECTARES
Based on satellite-based measurements, the annual rate of gross tree cover loss appears to
have remained steady from 2005 to 2011, and has increased 9% in 2011-2014 compared to the
INDICATOR 2: ANNUAL NET NATURAL FOREST/TREE COVER CHANGE IN HECTARES
If natural forest regrowth is counted as offsetting natural forest clearing, the annual net loss of
natural forest/tree cover area appears to be declining from a high in 2005 of 9.7 million hectares
per year to 6.65 million hectares per year in 2015 (a 31% peak decrease and a 25% decrease
compared to the 2000-2010 historical baseline).