Saturday, August 14, 2010
International Year of Forests, 2011
Forests are vital to the survival and well being of people everywhere, all 7 billion of us. Deforestation, industrialization-cum-urbanization and increasing population is reducing the forests area which is resulting into degradation of biodiversity and climate change. In its resolution 61/193 of 20 December 2006, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness at all levels to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations. The International Year of Forests 2011 offers a unique opportunity to raise public awareness of the challenges facing many of the world’s forests and the people who depend on them. The Ramsar Convention selected wetlands and forests as the theme for World Wetlands Day 2011 (WWD 2011) in recognition of the International Year of Forests. The International Year of Forests 2011 logo is designed to convey the theme of “Forests for People” celebrating the central role of people in the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of our world’s forests. The Official launch of the Year will take place at United Nations Headquarters during ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (2- 3 February 2011). So, SAVE FORESTS, SAVE FUTURE.