The African Union (AU) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Friday jointly commemorated the International Day of Forests, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
The commemoration, which falls on March 21, helps for raising awareness on the dangers facing the global forest cover especially in developing countries, said Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.
“The role of forests is increasingly being recognized in efforts to adapt to, and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. Deforestation and forest degradation accounts for about 18 percent of global emission of carbon oxide. Thus, controlling this source of emission is a crucial step in averting further global warming,” noted the Commissioner.
In collaboration with FAO, the AU Commission is elaborating a Sustainable Forest Management Framework for the African continent, which would contribute to laying a strong foundation for the rational utilization and management of Africa’s forest heritage, she said.
Susan Minae, FAO’s Official, underlined the need for Africa to successfully and sustainably manage and develop its forest resources.
“As sources of energy, food and feed, Africa’s various forest types contribute significantly to food and nutrition security and to social protection, thereby enhancing adaptation to climate change at national and local levels,” she said. Enditem