Forest Heroes Awards mark end of International Year of Forests

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Forest Heroes

An award ceremony has been held in honour of people who made special contributions throughout 2011 to protect forests and their communities.

The UN International Year of Forests was launched globally to raise awareness on the importance of finding effective ways to sustainably manage our forests.

More than 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods.

Forests contribute to economic development by providing jobs, income and vital goods for families.

Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs said the year has helped create a platform for dialogue and action.

"Forests are an important part of a larger picture. We can no longer look at natural resources with our isolated, SILO based approach. We need something more holistic that encompasses all three pillars of sustainable development. An estimated 80% of the world's forests are publicly owned. The fate of forests truly rests in the hands of people."

Zukang said he also hoped the year inspired governments to redouble their efforts to save forests.

Duration: 33″

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