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Forests and wood are good for the economy, people and protecting nature

Forests, cover over 30 percent of the earth’s l land, they are crucial ecosystems providing l environmental, social, cultural and economic services on which humanity depends.

Ecological benefits:

● Forest give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world's wildlife.

● Forestland everywhere provides carbon storage, temperature moderation and cleaner air, maintenance of productive soils, wildlife habitats and a renewable source of fuel and fibre.

● Forests are biologically diverse systems, representing some of the richest biological areas on Earth, offer a variety of habitats for plants, animals and micro-organisms.

Economic benefits:

Forests provide more than 86 million direct jobs and support the livelihoods of many more.

An estimated 880 million people spend part of their time collecting fuelwood or producing charcoal.

300 million people live in forests, including 60 million indigenous people.

Of the people living in extreme poverty, over 90 percent are dependent on forests for at least part of their livelihoods.

Social benefits:

When sustainably managed forest contribute to several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and protect the planet which is possible through responsible consumption and production.

Forests are also the guardians of landscapes and cultural heritages of spiritual or recreational value.

Forests, as a place for recreation and eco-tourism, have positive effects on our physical and mental health and are the source of many medicines to prvent and control  diseases.

Wisely and thoughtfully harvested  forests and sustainably produced wood products are key elements  in lowering CO2 levels in the atmosphere and can be at the core of a  bio-based circular economy.

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