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News Celebrating forests

Forests protect our watersheds and conserve our soil. They help combat climate change by absorbing and storing vast amounts of carbon, provide food, building materials and medicine, and are home to 80% of the world’s biodiversity.

Concerned URL http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/forest/iyf/introduction/?utm_campaign=1106952920&utm_content=1010631227005&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Emailvision
Source IUCN
Release date 25/01/2011
Contributor Dorin Pop
Keywords forest, IUCN

 

Forests protect our watersheds and conserve our soil. They help combat climate change by absorbing and storing vast amounts of carbon, provide food, building materials and medicine, and are home to 80% of the world’s biodiversity.

 

‘Forests 2011’ with its theme ‘Forests for People’ aims to increase public awareness of the key role forests play in building a greener, fairer and more sustainable future. The year-long series of events aims to galvanise public participation in forest-related activities at all levels. We will keep you up-to-date with the most important developments of the year and will showcase success stories and solutions to the most pressing forest-related challenges.

 

The official launch of the year takes place this week at the United Nations headquarters in New York during the annual meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) which is spearheading Forests 2011.

 

IUCN has been a key player in forest conservation for many years. It will continue its work in stimulating governments, the private sector and forest-dependent communities to take concrete action that will help achieve sustainable management of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

 

Throughout the year IUCN will highlight new findings from its innovative Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy, announce new initiatives in forest landscape restoration work and build on recent successes in international REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) efforts. Keep an eye on our Forests 2011 web pages for our latest updates.

 

Did you know…

 

* The livelihoods of 1.6 billion people depend on forests

* More than 300 million people live in forests

* Forests are home to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity

* Forests cover 31% of total land area

* 30% of forests are used for production of wood and non-wood products

* Over 40% of the world’s oxygen is produced by rainforests

* More than a quarter of modern medicines, worth an estimated US$ 108 billion a year, originate from tropical forest plants

 

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