Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Forests [scroll down for French version]

Healthy forests are essential for people and the planet.  They act as natural filters, providing clean air and water, and they are havens of biological diversity.  They help to regulate our climate by influencing rainfall patterns, cooling urban areas and absorbing one-third of greenhouse gas emissions.  They provide many communities and indigenous peoples with livelihoods, medicines, sustenance and refuge.

Source: UN News

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