Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive: 5 things you need to know about forests and the UN

Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up on Friday in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, and find out what the UN is doing to safeguard and protect them.

Bangladesh: World Heritage Site threatened by ‘heedless industrialisation’ - UN expert

The Sundarbans forest, a which is the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world and home to several endangered species, is being threatened by “heedless industrialization”, according to a UN rights expert, who on Tuesday, called on the Government of Bangladesh to halt the process. 

“Alarmingly high” deforestation rate in Africa and Asia: FAO

The rate of deforestation in Africa and Asia is “alarmingly high” although many developed countries are increasing their forest cover.

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Deforestation still driven by agriculture

Global deforestation is being largely driven by the need to produce more food, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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New UN report warns of ‘devastating’ effects from ongoing destruction of mangrove forests

The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.

Kenya has ‘unique’ chance to move ahead with deforestation reversal – UN environment chief

The top United Nations environment official today called on Kenya to act on a “roadmap” for reversing deforestation in the East African country, saying the document – produced following a national dialogue on the economic value of Kenya’s high-elevation forests – offers a “unique opportunity” for implementation.

Cost of deforestation in Kenya far exceeds gains from forestry and logging, UN joint study finds

A landmark study of Kenya’s high-elevation forests shows that the economic cost of deforestation in the East African country exceeds national gains from forestry and logging by more than four-to-one, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

UN book highlights benefits of Amazon plants and foods to improve livelihoods

A United Nations book released today aims to provide people in the developing world with accessible knowledge of Amazon plants and foods they can use to improve their livelihoods.

UN mobile app lets users calculate size of carbon footprint

A new United Nations mobile telephone application released today lets users calculate their carbon footprint, visualize its equivalent in a particular ecosystem, and learn new ways in which they can reduce their emissions through specific actions.

Loss of mountain forests would unleash serious socio-economic effects – UN

The loss of mountain forests sparked by increasing temperatures and population growth would have serious socio-economic and environmental consequences, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, calling on governments to increase their efforts to protect them and incorporate them into their climate change policies.