2011 - The International Year of Forests
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Its all about celebrating trees and recognising the importance of forests to the world.
- Forests are home to 300 million people worldwide
- They are home to 80% of terrestrial biodiversity
- Livelihoods of 1.6 billion people depend on forests
In the UK we love trees. Trees are part of our history and our culture. Forests provide homes to people and habitats to biodiversity, they are a source of medicine, food and clean water; they store carbon, and provide space for people to explore and enjoy. They play an essential role in maintaining a stable global climate and environment.
However, since 1950, the world has lost half of all its natural forest. That’s half of all global forests in less than a human lifetime. And often when rich, diverse forest is destroyed it is replaced with less diverse plantations.
Forests also play a fundamental role in regulating the climate and, since emissions from deforestation are responsible for up to one fifth of greenhouse gases, are critical in our fight against global warming.
The importance of forests is undeniable and here at the forest project we’re fully behind the celebration of their beauty and value to society. This year there will be a number of events throughout England and the rest of the world to mark the International Year of Forests. Here at the Forest Project we will be holding our own tree planting days. Details can be found here or check out our facebook group to keep updated with everything we’re doing.
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