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Updated On: Monday, 10 December 2018

‘At risk’ Mediterranean forests make ‘vital contributions’ to development

Content by: UN News Centre

The State of Mediterranean Forests 2018, from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and environment agency UNEP, analyzes a wide range of political, economic, social and environmental issues in the region, which consists of 31 countries.

“Mediterranean forests and other wooded lands in the region make vital contributions to rural development, poverty alleviation and food security, as well as to the agriculture, water, tourism, and energy sectors,” Hiroto Mitsugi of FAO’s Forestry Department and Elen Lemaître-Curri, of UNEP’s Mediterranean Action Plan, said in the foreword.

But forest degradation in the northern Mediterranean is being driven mostly by a lack of land management and wildfires, while forests in the south-east suffer from overexploitation for firewood, overgrazing and population pressure – potentially triggering a range of economic, social and environmental problems.

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