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International Year Of Forests 2011

International Year of Forests - "Celebrating Forests for People"
Statement by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director

2011 is the International Year of Forests (IYF) and celebrations was officially launched during the 9th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York.
IYF represents an opportunity for evolving our work on sustainable forestry to a higher plain.


Forests are an issue with essential links to livelihoods, addressing climate change and other environmental challenges; the UN's Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development as a whole.


This is in part why forests are a key sector within UNEP's Green Economy work. Forests represent many things to many people including spiritual, aesthetic and cultural dimensions that are, in many ways, priceless. But they are also cornerstones of our economies, whose real value has all too often been invisible in national accounts of profit and loss.
It estimates that deforestation and forest degradation approximately cost the global economy between US$2.5 and US$4.5 trillion a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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