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Global Forest Goals Report – 2021

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Global Forest Goals Report – 2021

Global Forest Goals Report – 2021

  • Recently, the ‘Global Forest Goals Report-2021’ has been released. It has been issued by the United Nations Organization (UNO).
  • In fact, the ‘Global Forest Goals Report -2021’ has been produced by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UNO).
  • The ‘Global Forest Goals Report-2021’ outlines the challenges faced by various countries in managing forests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In addition, the report also evaluates the objectives and goals of the ‘United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests-2030’.

Highlights of ‘Global Forest Goals Report-2021’

  • The ‘Global Forest Goals Report -2021’ states that, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the challenges faced by various countries in the management of forests.
  • Forest-dependent communities have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. This pandemic has affected not only the forest dependent communities but also every section of the society globally. Many communities are struggling for their livelihood today.
  • The forest dependent communities have not only lost their employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic but their income has also come down. This pandemic has led to a drastic reduction in seasonal employment for sensitive sections of society (such as women etc.).
  • Communities living in rural, remote and inaccessible areas (especially forest dependent communities) are not getting the benefit of health facilities.Therefore, this population has become very vulnerable to this epidemic.
  • Therefore, the COVID-19 pandemic has not just emerged as a health crisis globally, but this pandemic has pushed ‘Future We Want’ beyond our reach.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is causing millions of deaths globally. Furthermore, it has pushed countless people towards absolute poverty. This pandemic has increased food insecurity globally. In addition, it has further widened the inequality gap.
  • The world GDP has fallen by almost 3% in the year 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the Great Depression, this is the biggest drop in world gross product.
  • The ‘Global Forest Goals Report-2021’ also mentions the decline of biodiversity at the global level. It has been reported that due to the destruction of forests, about one million species have been threatened with extinction globally. Because about 100 million hectares of tropical forests have been destroyed from the year 1980 to 2000.

Suggestions of ‘Global Forest Goals Report-2021’

  • The challenges posed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change can be tackled together. For this, national governments and other stakeholders of various countries will have to work together. National governments and other stakeholders of various countries need to focus on practices such as sustainable development and forest management.

Source: Down To Earth

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