UNITED NATIONS, Mar 11 (APP):
Ten million new ‘green jobs’ can be created by national investments in
sustainable forest management, the Rome‑based U.N. Food and Agricultural
Organization (FAO) said today. “As more jobs are lost due to
the current economic downturn, sustainable forest management could become a
means of creating millions of green jobs, thus helping to reduce poverty and
improve the environment,” said Jan Heino, Assistant Director‑General of FAO’s
Since forests and trees are
vital storehouses of carbon, such an investment would also make a major
contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, he said.
Jobs in forest management
include agro‑forestry and farm forestry, improved fire management, development
and management of trails and recreation sites, expansion of urban green spaces,
restoring degraded forests and planting new ones.
A number of countries,
including the United States and the Republic of Korea, have included forestry in
their economic stimulus plans, and it is an important component of India’s rural
employment guarantee programme, FAO said.
Employment in sustainable
forest management will be a major topic of World Forest Week, to be held in
conjunction with FAO.