#Forests: Overused, undervalued. Read Frances Seymours contribution to the lastest Our Planet magazine
Frances Seymour Director-General, Center for International Forestry Research This should be a banner year for the world's forests. 2011, the United Nation's International Year of Forests, was preceded by the auspicious agreement on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) at December's UNFCCC's COP16 in Cancun, launching a long-sought mechanism to integrate forests into the global climate protection regime. The world's forests should also be well positioned to take advantage of the need to shift to a "green economy". We have long known that the economic value of forests extends far beyond the timber that they produce. Biological diversity, non-timber forest products, sources of ecosystem services, and spiritual solace can all be found in them. And now as never before, they are appreciated for their contributions to climate change mitigation and a...