Human life depends on the earth as much as the ocean for our sustenance and livelihoods. Plant life provides 80 percent of the human diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resources. Forests cover 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, provide vital habitats for millions of species, and important sources for clean air and water, as well as being crucial for combating climate change.
Every year, 13 million hectares of forests are lost, while the persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares, disproportionately affecting poor communities.
While 15 percent of land is protected, biodiversity is still at risk. Nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants have been illegally traded. Wildlife trafficking not only erodes biodiversity, but creates insecurity, fuels conflict, and feeds corruption.
Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage and support global food and water security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and peace and security.
There is a need to nurture more stewards who can protect and conserve the natural environment. These sentiments were expressed by the Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Agriculture and Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) PhD scholar, Tiraon Taioti. Taioti is pursuing his PhD studies after securing a scholarship under the Australian Centre for International Agricultural...Read More
The United Nations observes March 21 as the International Day of Forests (IDOF) to highlight the importance of forests around the world and recap their important role in our daily lives. According to the United Nations, “Forest sustainable management and their use of resources are key to combating climate change and contributing to the prosperity and...Read More
The United Nations declared the 21st of March as the International Day of Forests in the year 2012, to raise awareness on the importance of forests in poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihoods, food security, and environment conservation for current and future generations. This day is celebrated across countries through tree planting programs. The theme for International...Read More