Holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests

International Day of Forests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on governments, businesses, civil society and other partners to adopt holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests.

“Investing in forests is an insurance policy for the planet”

Despite their critical importance, forests continue to be razed and damaged.

UN estimates every year seven million hectares of natural forests are lost + 50 million hectares of forest land are burned.

forests = essential to realizing shared vision for people + planet > central to our future prosperity + stability of global climate. <= Sustainable Development Goals call for transformative action to safeguard them

protect + restore forested watersheds => save on cost of building new infrastructure for water purification

> By 2025, nearly 1.8 billion people > live in areas > absolute water scarcity, + two-thirds of world population could face water-stressed conditions.

DESERTIFICATION

Photo credit: UN News Centre

In many rural economies, the forest enterprises of families and communities are major contributors to local livelihoods. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri

‘Investing in forests is an insurance policy for the planet,’ says UN chief

On the International Day of Forests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on governments, businesses, civil society and other partners to adopt holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests.

“Investing in forests is an insurance policy for the planet,” said Mr. Ban in a message on the day, marked annually on 21 March.

Despite their critical importance, forests continue to be razed and damaged. The UN estimates that every year seven million hectares of natural forests are lost and 50 million hectares of forest land are burned.

“The world’s forests are essential to realizing our shared vision for people and the planet. They are central to…

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