Tuesday, 20 November 2012

“Forests for People”

 
The United Nations Postal  Administration issued stamps to commemorate the International Year of Forests on 13 October 2011 The main theme for the International Year of Forests 2011 is "Forests for People".  The issue comprise of three stamps feature the dynamic relationship between forests and the people who depend on them.

United Nations concerned the importance of forest for ecology system, as said by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "By declaring 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the United Nations General Assembly has created an important platform to educate the global community about the great value of forests - and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them".

 
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The global observance comes at a time when there has been a much wider recognition of the role that sustainably managed forests play in everything from mitigating climate change to providing wood, medicines and livelihoods for people around the world.
 
The world's forests cover one third of the Earth's land surface. Forests help to maintain the fertility of agricultural land, protect water sources and reduce the risks of natural disasters. 














 

 
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They provide subsistence and income to about 350 million people who live within or near forests.

Close to 1.6 billion people depend to some extent on forests for their livelihood.
 
Millions of hectares of forests are lost every year due to deforestation and forest degradation which impacts watersheds and habitats and also accounts for up to 20 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.













 
 
 

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Everyone of us is connected to forests. Forests contribute to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air.

Over 40 % of the world's oxygen is produced from rainforests.

A tree releases 8 to 10 times more moisture into the atmosphere than the equivalent area of the ocean.

Forests protect watersheds which supply fresh water to rivers - a critical source of the water we drink and use in our daily lives. (Sources from UNPA Bulletin.)












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