Conserve World’s Forest

There are increasing efforts to conserve world’s forest and to counter deforestation which threaten our world’s environment. In assessing the global forest resources last year, experts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) found a decline in primary forest areas, and that about 13 million hectares of the world’s forest were converted to other uses or lost through natural causes each year during the past ten years. South America accounts for the largest proportion of the loss followed by Africa and Asia. I believe that improve forest management can eliminate the threat to forest biodiversity. Each community in the tropic for example can take common action to increase tropical forest areas which are home to some of the world’s most species rich and diverse ecosystem. From FAO’s report, Global Forest Resource Assessment, the good news is that now there are more than 460 million hectare, about 12 percent of the world’s forest, designated primarily to conserve biodiversity. Natural parks, game reserves and wilderness areas are legally established protected areas. This effort covers more than 10 percent of the total forest areas in most countries and regions. The United Nations designated this year as the World Forest Year. It is an appropriate time for us to put our thought together and take action, as agreed at the recent Mexico Cancun Climate Change Meeting. We should address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, land tenure issues, forest governance issues on gender considerations to ensure full and effective participation of relevant stake holders, indigenous peoples and local communities.

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