16 May '12, 5pm

Up to 20% of humanity directly dependent on forests

Despite a global trend towards urbanization some 1.2-1.7 billion people worldwide remain primarily dependent on forests for their livelihoods, reports a review [PDF ] published by the Forest Peoples Programme. The figures exclude people who are indirectly dependent on forests for the services they provide, including climate regulation, provision of clean water, and carbon sequestration. The data, which comes from an array of sources, indicates that the vast majority of people dependent on forests are small-holders, who rely on subsistence agriculture or agroforestry. Only a handful of forest people remain truly nomadic. The report notes that 200 million of the world's "forest people" are considered "indigenous". Estimates of indigenous people worldwide range from 454-560 million. The report also breaks down populations by region, country, and forest type. For example more ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0517-forest-people-populati...

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