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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Locations reported by various studies as undergoing high rates of land cover change in the past few decades
Philippe Rekacewicz, Emmanuelle Bournay, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
In the case of forest cover change, the studies refer to the period 1980–2000 and are based on national statistics, remote sensing, and, to a limited degree, expert opinion. In the case of land cover change resulting from degradation in drylands (desertification), the period is unspecified but inferred to be within the last half-century, and the major study was entirely based on expert opinion, with associated low certainty. Change in cultivated area is not shown.