Monday, 01 September 2014

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1 Brussels hosts conference on forests 6-7 September
2 European forests – A case for biodiversity and sustainability
3 European Forestry - an Economy of the Future?
4 International Year of Forests- Celebrations and Observances around the World

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3 Questions to Denise Zmekho Director of the film "Children of the Amazon"

3 Questions to Chris Vanden Bilcke, Director for the UNEP liaison office in Brussels talks about the International Year of Forests and the dangers of forest fragmentation


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    • Forests cover 44 percent of Europe’s land area and they continue to expand. At just over 1 billion hectares, or 1.26 hectares per capita, 25 percent of the world’s forests are in Europe.

 

    • About 80 percent of Europe’s forests are in the Russian Federation.

 

    • More than 90% of the forests in Europe are open to public access, and the area of forest available for recreation is increasing.

 

    • From 2000 to 2010 the area of protected forests increased by about 5 million hectares. By 2010, about 10 percent of forests in Europe without the Russian Federation are protected with the main objective to conserve biodiversity.

 

    • Forests provide a wide variety of goods and services other than wood. In some European regions, non-wood goods and services provide more revenue than wood sales

       

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