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International Year of Forests – 2011

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International Year of Forests – 2011

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

The UN cites a number of statistics that demonstrate the importance of forests to human health and wellbeing:

  • Forests cover 31 per cent of total land area.
  • The livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests.
  • Forests are home to 300 million people around the world.
  • Forests are home to 80 per cent of our terrestrial biodiversity.
  • Currently deforestation globally accounts for about 20 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions, which is greater than the entire transport sector around the world.
    • Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas, Brazil (Hudson - Flickr)
    • Hemlock Forest, Tennessee, US (Wade Franklin - Flickr)
    • Gwaii Haanas National Park, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada (Peter Morgan - Flickr)
    • Aerial village shot, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea (Kahunapule Michael Johnson - Flickr)
    • Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve, Philippines (Roberto Verzo - Flickr)
    • Daporijo, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Rita Willaert - Flickr)
    • Chameleon, Madagascar (Rita Willaert - Flickr)
    • New Zealand (Rita Willaert - Flickr)
    • Young male gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, Uganda (David d’O - Flickr)
    • Ratanakiri, Cambodia (Ethan Crowley - Flickr)
    • Onukudelli, Bilaput, India (Rita Willaert - Flickr)

    To find out more about events being organised throughout the International Year of the Forest, or to share information about how you plan to celebrate ‘forests for people’ during 2011, visit the UN International Year of Forests website.


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