The Niger Delta – Nigeria   

 

 

 

 

 

THE NEXT 100 YEARS – ONE CHILD’S JOURNEY – HOW HE/SHE WILL LIVE, LOVE AND NEVER REALLY DIE

 

 

 

 

Restoring Forests Today For Tomorrow’s Benefits

Easy Route To Care For The Child

 

 

 

Sustaining the world’s ecosystem and natural endowment is a huge task for all on the road to global prosperity.  Forest resources play vital roles in the sustenance of the world’s populations.  By providing a wide range of fruit, nuts and food items they also provide energy in terms of fuel,wood, and other plant-based resources for cooking and heating.

 

Forests and the trees they house are vital in purifying the air by acting as a sink for carbon,thereby releasing oxygen for human survival. Millions of households depend on forests as a source of income across the world; the World Bank estimates that over 1.2 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood.

 

However, over the last five decades the world has continued to experience an alarming loss of global forest resources.  On an annual basis, this is estimated to be about the size of Portugal.

 

Forest and landscape restoration (FLR) has emerged to address these challenges. FLR is defined as a planned process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes (ISSD, 2002).  (Integrated Seed Sector Development).  The multiple forest and tree-related goods and services are key benefits that need to be recovered for human survival and ecological stability.

 

Global efforts and commitments to restore forests were revamped at the Petropolis challenge in 2005 “to restore forest landscapes to benefit people and nature and contribute to recovering the trends of forest loss and degradation”.

 

In 2011, the Bonn Challenge with a target to restore about 150 million hectares of degraded lands by 2020 was launched as part of arrangements to make restoration happen on the ground.

 

These and many other initiatives on forest restoration are all aimed at making the world a better, safer and richer place for all to live and enjoy.  Children represent a huge percentage of the world’s poor living in degraded areas of the world; successful restoration of the world’s degraded lands means more and more children are rescued from poverty and lack of access to water, nutrition, health and other benefits such as increased income for households that forests provide.

 

The devastating impacts of land degradation and resultant famine in the Horn of Africa in the early 1980s can be prevented in the future.  A good example of land restoration is happening in Ethiopia today, where degraded lands are restored.

 

Real care begins with attention to needs of people, one at a time.  This is why our attention must be paid to forest landscape restoration because of the vast benefits to man.

 

 

 

 

 





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