The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
This FAO study covers 234 countries and territories. It states that the world's forests continue to shrink as populations increase and forest land is converted to agriculture and other uses, but over the past 25 years the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 percent. Some 129 million hectares of forest - an area almost equivalent in size to South Africa - have been lost since 1990, according to this report. Additionally, an increasing amount of forest areas have come under protection while more countries are improving forest management. This is often done through legislation and includes the measuring and monitoring of forest resources and a greater involvement of local communities in planning and in developing policies.
Access the report press release here: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/326911/icode/
Download the full report here: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4793e.pdf