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WHY ARE FORESTS SO IMPORTANT?

Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's biodiversity. Forests provide jobs to billions of people, absorb carbon from the atmosphere, release oxygen into the air we breathe, and are key ingredients in one quarter of all medicines.

TREES FILTER THE AIR WE BREATHE

Through their leaves and bark, trees take in harmful pollutants such as carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks; they absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide and reduce the effects of global warming and climate change. 

TREES PREVENT FLOOD AND EROSION

The intricate roots system of the trees plays a major role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. They act like filters; removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the ground.

TREES ARE HOSTING A LARGE BIODIVERSITY

A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants while forests are home for multitude forms of life; including human beings.

TREES SUPPORT OUR SOCIAL NEEDS

From loggers to scientists, hunters, fishers and the tourism industry, the job opportunities provided by the forests are endless. Besides jobs, trees provide timber to build homes and shelter, wood to burn for cooking and heating, food for animals and humans, and many key ingredients needed for medicines.
 

TREES ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR HEALTH

Trees help reduce stress, anxiety, and allow us to reconnect with nature. In addition, shade provided by tree coverage helps protect our skin from the sun and keep us and cities cooler on hot summer days. 

TREES HELP COPE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE

Trees help cool the planet by taking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases into their trunks, branches, and leaves, and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. In cities, trees can reduce overall temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius.