Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The relevance of International year of forests

I came across an article about deforestation, so I thought of writing about it and here it is :

90 acres of rain forests are destroyed every minute. The survival rate of world species is at stake. Global warming is shaking the whole world. Air pollution, water pollution, soil erosion, heavy winds, the list is incessant and the cause is explicit – Deforestation.

About 60% of the ecosystem is exploited in a non-sustainable manner. Hence, the risk is high. Keeping the impending dangers in mind and to promote sustainable management, conservation and to develop forests world wide, General Assembly of UN has declared the year 2011 as the International Year of Forests. It has set a plinth to address the crucial issues that affects the forests and its abundant resources .

The international year should act as a catalyst in harnessing the International public opinion. Since deforestation is a crucial link to other issues that is being tackled in the global level, it could not be alluded at any rate. Nature's fury is at its zenith. We have already tasted many aftermaths.

Global warming is increasing at an alarming rate. Researches have shown that Green Land island has already started depositing major chunk of its ice to the ocean which will increase the sea level and can wipe out New Orleans. Cyclones and tornadoes are wreaking havoc. Floods and tsunamis add much gravity to the situation. Pollution mar the environment that we live. Natural resources are badly needed for the survival of mankind. The increasing burden of population threatens the life of forests each day.

For many countries, especially developing countries, forests embodies the most important resources for development and poverty eradication. Hence the International Year should highlight forests as an important part of development.

The Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat has rightly observed that “This would be an open invitation to the world community to come together and work with Governments, international organizations and civil society, to ensure that our forests are managed for current and future generations.”