Have you ever asked yourself what would have happened if we did not have forests? Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land. Forests provide so many benefits ranging from social-cultural to economic to cultural and environmental.
These benefits include contributions to the overall economy – through employment, processing and trade of forest products and energy – and investments in the forest sector. They also include the hosting and protection of sites and landscapes of high cultural, spiritual or recreational value. The socio-cultural values vary among countries, depending on their level of development and traditions but all in all the benefits are immeasurable. Continue reading “International Day of Forests: The Power of Trees”