A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Forest Institute (EPI), on forest products in the global bioeconomy, was launched today (21 March), on the occasion of the International Day of Forests.
The publication titled Forest products in the global bioeconomyexplains how forests and their products are key to solving many global challenges, including the climate crisis and poverty.
Innovations around wood-based products that can reduce environmental impact and waste generation are described in the report.
It also cites a number of recommendations to governments and the private sector to allow substitution of products that are not socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
According to the FAO, 75% of the world’s material consumption is based on non-renewable resources, however, wood-based products can often offer a more sustainable alternative.
In addition to storing carbon, forest products reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the materials they replace, including concrete, steel, plastic and synthetic fibers.
International Day of Forests
The theme for the 2022 International Day of Forests is “Forests and Sustainable Production and Consumption”. To celebrate this, FAO has adopted the slogan “Choose sustainable wood for people and the planet”.
According to the FAO, the slogan they have chosen highlights how forests can play a vital role in achieving a number of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including “responsible production and consumption”, “the climate change” and “life on earth”.
A celebration of the day took place today at EXPO 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu highlighted the value that forests play in our society.
He said that forests not only provide invaluable resources such as clean water and air, timber, fuel and food, but the forestry sector also employs more than 33 million people globally.
“However, the global area of forests has been decreasing in recent decades, today only 25% of the total material demand is met by biomass, including wood, the rest by non-renewable resources,” he said. said Dongyu.
As a symbol to mark the day, FAO, the Appia Antica Archaeological Park and other partner institutions have planted 40 new trees donated by the Lazio region, to the G20 Green Garden in Rome.
The FAO said the event was designed with the aim of connecting citizens, raising awareness and encouraging people to take action for a more sustainable world.