A report being released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization this week will urge countries to invest in green jobs. It claims that at least 10 million jobs could be created in the sustainable forest management industry.
Not only would this help curb growing levels of unemployment on a global scale but would also help curb the reduction of forest in countries that are not currently replanting the trees they are harvesting.
The report is aimed primarily at “ regions with substantial rural unemployment and degraded land areas,” according to C.T.S. Nair, the chief economist in the U.N. Forestry Department and one of the key contributors to the report.
The goal of sustainable forestry is to stop the destruction of forests through strategic management while ensuring that their exploitation does not impede any potential natural benefits or the local environment.
With next week being World Forest Week, the report will be analyzed at the U.N. Committee on Forestry in Rome.