Forests plays crucial role in water, food production in cities as population booms — UN
With two thirds of world’s population or roughly six billion people expected to live in urban areas and cities by 2050, forest and its management remains a very critical part of the solution to meet the unprecedented demand for food, energy and water.
In line with the celebration of the International Day of Forests this week, senior officials of the United Nations Forum on Forest Secretariat said that the influx of the population, along with threats of climate change, would significantly impact future forests – including natural growth and well-managed forest covers in and out of the cities.
The UN said that interlikages (biodiversity) between forests and animals are key in securing a sustainable food production and continuous water supply.
Forests and its catch basins provide 75 percent of the freshwater requirement of the world. It was reported that by 2050, more than 50 percent of the world population will face water crisis in various degree.
To help future generations, the UN is now pushing for stricter implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal of 2030, which aims to restore, protect and promote sustainable use of forest, terrestrial ecosystems, reverse land degradation and desertification, and stop further losses in biodiversity.