Selected statistics from United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of the World’s Forests report 2020.
Forests: one of nature’s great providers
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) say forests are one of nature’s great providers. A source of water and food security, they also give us everything from paper and medicine to renewable energy, low-tech air conditioning and air cleansers. They also protect and enrich biodiversity and are a major tool in the fight against climate change. Ask several people what a forest is and their answers will probably differ. This is because forests are busy and complex living worlds.
The FAO broadly defines forests as land spanning more than half a hectare with trees higher than 5m in height, and with canopies that cover at least 10% of the land. Many different types of forests exist around the world, reflecting different climates, altitudes, and soil types. Here are 8 fascinating facts and figures on forests and trees that you might not already know:
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