scoop.co.nz 19 Mar, 2021 19:15 am

Forest Restoration Provides A Path To Pandemic Recovery, Greener Future

Forest Restoration Provides A Path To Pandemic Recovery, Greener Future
Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic should lead to stronger action to safeguard the world’s forests, a senior UN official said on Friday, highlighting how these natural resources have helped to protect health and well-being during the global ...

Liu Zhenmin, head of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), issued the call during a virtual event to commemorate the International Day of Forests, observed annually on 21 March.The theme for this year’s International Day – "Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” – also aligns with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, from 2021-2030.“Let us use this International Day of Forests to send a strong message,” he said.“The crises our planet faces require urgent action by all - governments, international and civil society organizations, the private sector, local authorities and individuals”, Mr.

This investment will also contribute to economic recovery from the pandemic, he added, as “forest restoration activities create green jobs, generate incomes, improve human health and increase human security.” While COVID-19 has been “a harsh wake-up call”, it also presents a unique opportunity to recover better and stronger, according to Mr.

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