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Forests crucial to green growth
Date:3/21/2014

nt and in sustaining livelihoods. The theme this year is Celebrating Forests for Sustainable Development.

"It is important day to remind us to save our planet as it is the only one we know which has trees says Tony Simons the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). "Trees are what made the Earth habitable for mammals, and destruction of forests will lead to the ultimate destruction of mammals including humans. Trees are one of the few things which live longer than humansa true intergenerational gift. He added.

Forests and trees are key to sustainable development. Not only do they store carbon, they support biodiversity, regulate water flows and, reduce soil erosion. Nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide depend on forests as a source of food, medicines, timber and fuel.


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Contact: Daniel Kapsoot
D.Kapsoot@cgiar.org
254-725-733-895
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Source:Eurekalert

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