A few words about Forests

  • Forests are home to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, with more that 60.000 tree species.
  • For centuries, forests have provided livelihood for hundreds of millions of people, especially within indigenous communities.
  • Forests provide nutritious foods, ingredients for medicine, filtrates and store water.
  • The world is losing 10 millions hectares of forest each year.
  • Land degradation affects almost 2 billion hectares.
  • A tree can absorb up to 150kg of carbon dioxide per year. There world’s forests store an estimated 296 gigatons of carbon in both above and below ground biomass.
  • Forest bathing – Shinrinyoku, is good for health and is prescribed by doctors in some countries.
  • Ending deforestation protects wildlife and our health. A healthy forest ecosystem shields us from many diseases, including zoonotic ones.
  • Trees are vital component of sustainable cities, in urban areas, they can cool the air by up to 8 degrees, reducing our dependence on air conditioning and related emissions by up to 40 percent.
  • Urban trees are excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants and fine particulars.
  • Urban trees improve our physical and mental health.

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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