Key messages

  • Forests are home to most of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.
  • Forests and woodlands are made of over 60,000 tree species.
  • Animals pollinate the majority of flowering plants, improving forest regeneration and the production of many forest plants.
  • Genetic diversity helps forests to cope with climate change and other treats.
  • More than a billion people depend directly on forests for food, shelter, energy and income.
  • Wild species continue to be an important source of food, income and cultural identity for millions of indigenous and rural people, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions.
  • Biodiversity is under serious threat from deforestation, forest degradation and climate change.
  • Managing forests sustainably, and restoring them when needed, are crucial for people, biodiversity and climate.



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Forestry Officer, Albert Nikiema, elaborates on the need for improved management of genetic resources


last updated:  Tuesday, November 15, 2022