The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21st the International Day of Forests in 2012 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.
- Forests are home to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, with more than 60,000 tree species.
- Around 1.6 billion people depend directly on forests for food, shelter, energy, medicines, and income.
- The world is losing 10 million hectares of forest each year - about the size of Iceland
How many importance relies on our forests?
Forest sustainable management and their use of resources are key to combating climate change, and to contributing to the prosperity and well-being of current and future generations.
Use of wood in architecture
Wood’s qualities probably make it the most outstanding material for construction. As a renewable building resource, wood is environmentally friendly and consumes the least amount of energy during manufacturing processes. Although new materials have emerged over time, wood remains as one of those most used nowadays.
Wood is a suitable material to improve sustainability. Even with deforestation, wooden buildings are vastly preferable to those built of concrete, brick, aluminium, or steel.
Wood helps to provide bacteria-free food and water in many kitchens, build countless furniture and utensils, replace materials as harmful as plastic.
It is vital to consume and produce wood in a more environmentally friendly way for the planet and its inhabitants. Let’s protect this easily renewable resource with a sustainable management of forests.