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According to the Environmental News Service (ENS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently released the 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment, said the past 25 years, the rate of forest has slowed more than half, but because of the increasing population and agricultural expansion, the global Forest area is still shrinking.
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO at the Fourteenth World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, said that forests are essential not only for the eradication of poverty, for food security and for the provision of livelihoods, But also has important environmental functions, such as providing clean air and water, protecting ecological diversity and coping with climate change.
The World Forestry Congress is held every six years and is the first to be held on the African continent with the theme "Forests and humans: investing in a sustainable future".
The report notes that since 1990, about 129 million hectares of forest have disappeared in the world, almost comparable to South Africa, with a significant reduction in the area of tropical rainforests.
The report also assesses the situation of forest management in 234 countries and regions worldwide. The results show that many countries have not only made progress at the level of forest management, but have also adopted legislation more and more before making development planning decisions, Monitoring forest resources and encouraging local residents to participate in the way to protect more forest areas.
Nearly 4,000 delegates from 142 countries participated in the current forestry conference. After a week's discussion, the conference ended on 11 September and issued the Durban Declaration.