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Over 1.6 billion people are dependent on forests. UNEP's #Forests in a #GreenEconomy report launched for #wed2011

Media Advisory: UNEP to Launch 'Forests in a Green Economy' report on World Environment Day Report examines how investment in forests can boost employment, tackle climate change and reduce deforestation Today, over 1.6 billion people are dependent on forests for their livelihoods. Rich in biodiversity, forests are also essential in supplying water to nearly half of the world's largest cities. Yet despite such vital services, the world is losing its forests at an alarming rate, with some 5.2 million hectares being cut down each year. UNEP's Forests in a Green Economy report - to be launched on 5 June in New Delhi and Nairobi - details the economic, environmental, health and social benefits of investing in forests and how better management of the 'lungs of the Earth' can help achieve sustainability for communities across the world. The report will be launched during this yea...

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