Sustainable forest management curbs forest degradation and deforestation while increasing direct benefits to people and the environment.
At the local level, sustainable forest management contributes to people's livelihoods, income generation and employment. At the environmental level, it contributes to, for example, carbon sequestration and water and soil conservation.
In 2010, forests covered about 31 percent of the world's total land area; about 4 033 million hectares.
Forests contain most of the world's terrestrial biodiversity and almost as much carbon as in the atmosphere.
Forests provide livelihoods for more than a billion people and are vital for conservation of biodiversity, energy supply, and soil and water protection.
Deforestation affected an estimated 13 million hectares per year between 2000 and 2010; net forest loss was 5.2 million hectares per year, due to afforestation and natural expansion.
Fire, forest pests and climate change are also contributing to loss of forests around the world.
24 June 2014 The challenge is to maintain and develop the socioeconomic benefits from forests while safeguarding the resource. The State of the World’s Forests 2014 argues that if the focus of data collection and policy is shifted from trees to people, forests can be sustainably managed to meet society’s growing demands. [more]
8 July 2013 Forests cover 30 percent of global land area, contain most of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and more carbon than the atmosphere. They provide livelihoods for more than a billion people and are vital for conservation of biodiversity, energy supply, and soil and water protection. [more]