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Tropical Ecosystem Enviroment observations by Satellite (TREES) Joint Research Center (JRC), 2000; USDA, 2001, Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2000, FAO
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Emmanuelle Bournay, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Deforestation is well known for aggravating erosion. Bare soil has no protection against heavy rain, washing away immediately. On hillsides, it readily turns into mudslides leaving people very little time to seek refuge and cutting deep ravines into the earth. And where deforested land was turned into cultivated fields, the soil is likely to be overused and exploited through intensive use of fertiliser.