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World Forestry Day

Dear Forest,

You are so amazing, astonishing, absolute beauty, ancient the list just goes on. I always wondered how cool you are during rainy days, how hot you are during sunny days, how abundant you are, how magnificent you are as a home for millions of creatures, how green you are, tons of oxygen you produce, tons of woods that human cut down for simple wants and you are a lifeline for so many florae, fauna, travelers and nature lovers, how dark you at night. You are just like a green poetry that I longed to write. I am grateful that I experienced you in my life. 

Thank you.

A forest is a complex ecological system in which trees are the dominant life form. A forest is nature’s most efficient ecosystem, with a high rate of photosynthesis affecting both plant and animal systems in a series of complex organic relationships. Forests can develop under various conditions, and the kind of soil, plant, and animal life differs according to the extremes of environmental influences. Types of forests vary depending on latitude, climate, and vegetation. There are three main types of forests globally: tropical, temperate, and boreal. Tropical forests grow around the equator and have high diversity and rainfall. They can be further divided into evergreen, semi-evergreen, deciduous, thorn, and mangrove forests. Temperate forests are located in the mid-latitudes and have four distinct seasons. They can be classified into broad-leaved deciduous, mixed, Mediterranean, and coniferous forests. Boreal forests are found farthest north and experience long, cold winters with short growing seasons. They are mostly composed of coniferous trees.

The total forest area is 4.06 billion hectares or approximately 5 000m2 (or 50 x 100m) per person, but forests are not equally distributed around the globe. 31% of the world forests, according to the FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, the world has a total forest area of 4.06 billion hectares (10.0 billion acres), which is 31% of the total land area. Today, only 4 billion hectares are left. The world has lost one-third of its forest – an area twice the size of the United States. Only 10% of this was lost in the first half of this period, until 5,000 years ago. The world’s largest forest is the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon is known not just for its immensity, but also for being one of the most significant woods for the planet’s climate. The Twisted Forest. The Crooked Forest is a group of oddly twisted pine trees outside the Polish settlement of Nowe Czarnowo. Redwoods. Within the 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) radius of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, close to the community of Chestnut Hills, is the Red Forest or WormWood Forest. Trees in the Sea. The smallest rainforest in the world is located near Bukit Nanas, popularly referred to as Pineapple Hill. Because they provide the habitat for numerous plant and animal species, forests have evolved into one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. The Amazon, Dark Entry Forest, Congo Rainforest, Sea of Trees, and many other famous forests exist in this globe.

A summit on how to protect the world’s largest forests underway in Gabon is set to be dominated by the issue of who pays for the protection and reforesting of lands that are home to some of the world’s most diverse species and contribute to limiting planet-warming emissions.

French President Emmanuel Macron and officials and environment ministers from around the world are attending the One Forest Summit this week in the capital Libreville to discuss maintaining the world’s major rainforest. (At Gabon talks, a debate on who pays to save the world’s forests)

Around so many things are happening around the world right now and at some point, it all can be an injustice but we still strive to be better. So on the WORLD FORESTRY DAY, let us join hands to save forests.

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