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Protecting forests – Safeguarding life

Forest in a river valley

Background: Endangered forests

Almost one third of the Earth’s surface is covered by forest. Forests also provide a large proportion of humankind with their livelihoods. Yet although our civilisation depends on forests, we are destroying them. According to a report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on forest genetic resources, 7.6 million hectares of forest are destroyed every year. more


International policy on forests

In recent years a large number of regional and global conventions, resolutions and recommendations have been drawn up by international organisations and conferences. Together they constitute the body of international forest law. more


German development cooperation in the forestry sector

Since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, the global discussion on forest conservation and sustainable forest management has intensified increasingly. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is currently working with 45 partner countries to protect forests. Here, Germany is pursuing two overarching development-policy goals: reducing poverty, and preserving the forests’ capacity to maintain ecological balance. more


Further information on forests

Here you can find a selection of documents and websites offering further information on the subject of forests. more


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