Global tree cover loss reached record highs in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and in Southeast Asia, commodity driven loss accounted for 80 percent of the tree cover loss, data showed.
Global data on the drivers of tree cover loss, developed by World Resources International and The Sustainability Consortium showed that 48 million hectares of tree cover was lost in Southeast Asia during that three-year period.
The data, carried in a February 2020 Recap of the Global Forest Watch said that 80 percent of that loss was commodity.
The data also showed that commodity driven deforestation was also responsible for 59 percent of the 92 million hectares of tree cover lost in Latin America.
In Africa 43 million hectares of tree cover were lost in those three years, with shifting agriculture being blamed for an overwhelming 94 percent of the loss.
Wildfires were major causes of tree cover loss in Russia, China and South Asia accounting for 56 percent of the loss, in America where 43 percent of the loss was due to wildfires while in Oceania, it accounted for 31 percent of the loss.