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Forests are Key to Achieving Global Goals: UNEP

Pritam Kashyap
Pritam Kashyap

Forests are the cornerstone to achieve the global goals and with the climate crisis threatening coral reefs around the world, a team of researchers in Hawaii is pioneering new techniques to preserve living coral sperm & larvae, & ultimately save the biodiversity & genetic diversity of coral reefs across the world tweeted United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

Forest provides income for 1.6 billion people and food such as nuts, mushrooms, wild fruits and game. Along with it they act as a buffer the impacts of storms & floods and provide shelter, jobs & security for forest-dependent populations. 

Over 75 per cent of worlds, accessible freshwater comes from rivers in or around forests higher family income and less sick days due to forest providing clean water, means more school days for children.  To fight poverty, hunger and diseases lets us top deforestation now and become a super solution! Our planet is #BetterWithForests shared a video by UN-REDD Programme under UNEP, FAO and UNDP. 

The time to stop deforestation is now under Better with Forest programme also urges for protection and restoration of forests as they are our greatest ally & a super nature-based solution in the fight against the climate crisis. 

Forest absorbs a massive amount of gases, such as carbon dioxide which drives global warming and provide stunning one third off mitigation needed between now and 2030 to stabilize our climate. But when we cut forests, it becomes a vice versa process and they release greenhouse gases. As per UNEP, in 2019 world has lost a forest area which was equivalent to the size of Belgium, the deforestation adds 11 per cent to total emissions more than all trucks, cars and planes in the world together. 

The United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (or UN-REDD Programme) is a collaborative programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), created in 2008 in response to the UNFCCC decisions on the Bali Action Plan and REDD at COP-13. The overall development goal of the Programme is "to reduce forest emissions and enhance carbon stocks in forests while contributing to national sustainable development". 

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