In order to inform environmental and development policy-making processes, UNEP keeps under review the state of the world environment.
Over the last few years, two key environmental issues, closely related, have been on the top of the environmental agenda: climate change and deforestation. Forest is a subject for these two concerns. Deforestation, estimated at above 13 millions hectares a year, or an area roughly equivalent to the size of Greece, has immediate consequence in terms detraction of livelihoods for people, increased carbon emissions, and loss of biological diversity to mention few.
The official web site for this publication can be found at http://www.unep.org/vitalforest/graphics.asp