Three hundred million people worldwide live in forests and 16 billion depend on them for their livelihoods forests also provide habitat for a vast array of plants and animals, many of which are still undiscovered they protect our watersheds they inspire wonder and provide places for recreation they supply the oxygen we need to survive they provide the timber for products we use every day forests are so much more than a collection of trees.
21 reasons why forests are important forests pump out oxygen we need to live and absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale (or emit) some 300 million people live in forests worldwide, including. More than 16 billion people rely on forests to some extent for their livelihoods, according to the un, and 10 million are directly employed in forest management or conservation. One factor that needs to be considered in estimating numbers of forest dependent or tree dependent people is the existence of various types of 'mini-forests' that are not normally included in discussions of forests.
Though the community representatives each had a unique story, they shared a common theme: forests that had belonged to their people for generations had been turned into government-run protected areas—and the consequences for both forests and the people living in them were devastating. Forests are home to 300 million people around the world many farming, silvopastoral, hunter-gatherer and other land-based livelihoods are linked with forests and forest health. Small forest based gathering and processing enterprises provide one of the largest sources of non-agricultural employment and income to rural people income forest based income and employment opportunities are particularly important to the poor - because of ease of access and very low thresholds of capital and skill needed to enter and engage in most of them.
Close to 16 billion people in the world depend on forest for their livelihood out of this, about 60 million indigenous and tribal people are almost wholly dependent on forests for livelihood.
‘about 16 billion people of the world depend on forests for living’ all this is possible due to the rich genetic resources of the world’s forests which help them in adaptation and evolutionary processes as well as in improving their productivity about 60 million indigenous and tribal people are almost wholly dependent on forests. The people who depend upon them forests are home to 300 million people around the world many farming, silvopastoral, hunter-gatherer and other land-based livelihoods.
Forest dependent peoples (especially shifting cultivators) are frequently attacked as destroyers of the environment in general and forests in particular particularly where forest dependent people live in, or near, protected areas, this has often led to them being relocated and has often led to serious threats to livelihoods. The report details a series of case studies in which communities with strong land rights have protected forests, and governments and conservation organizations have failed to do so the authors call for a new approach to preserving mesoamerica’s forests—one based on strengthening the rights of people living in them.
Where people have had relatively unrestricted access to forests, forest food is often particularly important for poorer groups within the community while forest gathering activities are not restricted to the poor, the latter depend on these activities to a greater extent. Protect more ancient forests eight thousand years ago, large areas of the world were covered with ancient forest as we started to farm, we cut them down for firewood, to build houses, and then to make ships, and charcoal for our growing industries.