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Sunday, 29 May 2011

International Year of Forests 2011

The year 2011has been declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations to raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.   Forests are an integral part of global sustainable development. According to World Bank estimates, more than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. The forest product industry is a source of economic growth and employment, with global forest products traded internationally in the order of $270 billion.

Forestry is a key industry for New Zealand's overseas trade and also for New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme.   2009 was a watershed year for New Zealand's planted forest area with a switch from a loss to a gain. In the year June 2009-2010 wood exports were the third most important exported product with an 8.9 % increase over the previous period.

It is therefore important that we recognise the importance of IYF for this country and for our international trade.

Logo used with permission.

Sources:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Year_of_Forests
               Global New Zealand International trade, investment, and travel profile: Year ended June 2010
               The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme - Information for business owners (pamphlet)

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