21/03/2013-This year, we celebrate the first International Day of Forests as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. Dry forests hold the key to our global food security. They are the backbone of the dryland ecosystems that make up 44 percent of all cultivated systems and support half of the global livestock. In contrast to their value, dry forests receive little attention from conservationists, policy makers, business community and the general public. They are not fully considered in in market oriented schemes and global initiatives such as the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation including the role of conservation, sustainable management of forest and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. We need to scale up these success stories and good practices and design new policies and business models to attract investments that enable agroforestry and other sustainable land management practices contribute to building food-energy-water security while sharply reducing poverty and building resilience in the drylands.
Above is an excerpt from the message of the UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja for this year's International Year of Forests. To read more of his message
International Day of Forests video by FAO
International Day of Forests video by UNEP