Sustainable Forest Management
Sustainable forest management is a set of standards and goals devised to ensure the long-term sustainability of forests and their ecosystems without affecting the economy and culture of local communities. Current sustainable forest management standards are modelled closely after the Rio Forest Principles, the informal name for a non-binding statement of principles crafted at the 1992 Earth Summit conference in Rio, Brazil involving 172 UN member nations.
The Forest Principles noted that forests are crucial to the socioeconomic, cultural and spiritual well-being of the world’s population and the continued survival of the planet’s rich and diverse forms of life. Forests also play the role of reservoir for the carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses generated by human-related activities, which provides a barrier against global warming, soil erosion, flooding and other climatic imbalances.
The conference was the culmination of a decade-long effort to address the decades of aggressive deforestation and other unsustainable economic practices such as slash and burning and illegal logging which threatens the very existence of forests all around the world.
Despite a wide range of measures undertaken by governments and international bodies, the overexploitation of forests remains a critical problem. Approximately 7.3 million hectares of virgin and secondary forests disappear each year. An additional 13 million hectares of forests is cleared and converted to agricultural land annually. The natural gmain-rwth of trees is just incapable of keeping up with the pace of deforestation.
At the current rate, the world’s rainforest, which stores over 200 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, will inevitably disappear in 100 years. As it is now, 28,000 species of flora and fauna are projected to become extinct within the next 25 years. The extinction of these species will also impact the biomedical sector, as technological leaps in the last two decades have allowed humans to develop drugs from obscure species to combat a variety of illnesses and diseases. 25 % of cancer-combating drugs, for instance, were only developed in the last several years as humans developed the technological ability to tap into nature’s vast resources.
Doing Your Bit for The Forest & Enivornment
Many people who hear about our mission and concerns naturally find themsevles asking, how can I do my bit for the forest and for the environment? Well, thankfully the answer is relatively straightforward.
First, raise awareness of organisations like ours. We are all in this together and broad awareness is the only way that we are going to be able to cut through.
Next, follow the standard environmentally friendly guidance provided by the governmental and eco experts - recycle your rubbish correctly, use public transport as opposed to a gas guzzling car whenever possible, and keep any building work that you carry out compliant with any local laws and regulations. If you hire people to help with your projects, ensure you're working with knowledgeable individuals who have natures best interest at heart. Most professionals, from the best party wall surveyor London has to offer to a local building firm should be proud to highight how they keep the environment in mind when carrying out their daily durties.
Finally, donate if you can. Campaigning for change and lobbying to protect our precious forests is not easy nor is it cheap. Ever donation to a relevant charity will help ensure that you do your bit to protect our planet.