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Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better.

By investing in forestry education at all levels, countries can help ensure there are scientists, policy makers, foresters and local communities working to halt deforestation and restore degraded landscapes. In turn, healthy forests will help us to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals, for example by supporting the livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest communities and conserving biodiversity.

Forests help to keep air, soil, water and people healthy. They have a vital role to play in some of the biggest challenges we face today, such as addressing climate change, eliminating hunger and keeping urban and rural communities sustainable. Forests will be more important than ever as the world population climbs to 8.5 billion by 2030.

Today all nations are concerned about the phenomenon of desertification.Policies, strategies, projects and programmes have been formulated and implemented at both world and country level. At the same time, the role of forests and trees in land use should become more important in order to restore degraded land, support agriculture, strengthen food security, safeguard water reserves and enhance the well-being of local people.

  • Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood, including 70 million indigenous people.
  • Forests are home to more than 80 per cent of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.
  • Between 2010 and 2015, the world lost 3.3 million hectares of forest areas. Poor rural women depend on common pool resources and are especially affected by their depletion.
  • Forests also store carbon, provide habitat for a wide range of species and help alleviate land degradation and desertification.

Forests are some of the world’s most productive renewable natural resources. Managing them wisely is good for the environment & builds foundation for sustainable livelihoods , strong communities. Learn more Check our our collection  , plant trees while you search the web, and find more · SDG15.3; migration;  land degradation neutrality;  drought; gender;  sand and dust storms;  soil pollution; soil contamination;  food security;  sustainable agriculture;  land rights; sustainable land management;  land restoration

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review,  education needs, rights and access in displacement is now available online in English. This issue of FMR includes 29 articles on Education 

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