published on 9 July 2018 in ecosystems
The State of the World’s Forests 2018
The forests of our Planet are increasingly more at risk and their total surface is decreasing day by day, with serious consequences for climate, populations and biodiversity. This is what is stated in a new report by the FAO on the State of the World’s Forests 2018.With the data in its report, the FAO launches a very clear warning: deforestation must stop now, and we must begin to manage woods and forests more sustainably, restoring those that are degraded and increasing tree coverage to avoid potentially dangerous consequences for the planet and its population.
Forests and trees are an extremely important means of sustenance for human beings, since they play a key role in guaranteeing food security, supplies of drinking water, renewable energy and in sustaining rural economies. Indeed they guarantee around 20% of the income of rural families in developing countries – in many areas even more than that – as well as fuel for cooking and heating for one person out of three.
The FAO report mentions the fundamental role of forests for achieving the sustainable development goals set in the 2030 Agenda, from responding to climate change to securing drinking water and improving urban habitats.
The 2018 State of the World’s Forests report was set down in preparation for the United Nations Forum on sustainable development of forests, meeting in New York as from 9 July.