In the lead up to International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem on 26 July, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is running a series of stories on mangroves, and their impact on the environment and economies of countries across the world. UNEP/GRID-Arendal/Rob Barnes
Greening the Rohingya Camps in cox’s Bazar Bangladesh
The degradation of land within and near the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, was a crisis within a crisis, but FAO has been at the forefront of planting millions of trees with help from the refugees themselves.
FAO has restored around 2200 hectares of degraded forestland in Cox’s Bazar to restore environment and reduce disaster risks for vulnerable host and refugee population. Together with Forest Division and partners, FAO is leading environmental restoration activities including soil conservation, land stabilization and watershed management.
Ensuring forests retain their rich biodiversity and continue contributing to the health and safety of communities everywhere, can help boost recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s the view Ewald Rametsteiner, Forestry Deputy Director at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who points out that deforestation and degradation, is one way that dangerous viruses such as Ebola, have made their way into the human population in recent decades.
Edmond is working on a rosewood conservation project coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its aim is to safeguard a group of trees that is the world’s most trafficked wild product by value and volume.
In the Peruvian Amazon, a tree that stands more than 20 meters high is giving the forests a new value, the shiringa. The latex extracted from its interior offers indigenous communities new ways to make a living.
Slobodan Brkić lives in the beautiful village of Ziličina in the mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Several years ago, a Crohn’s disease diagnosis brought him to a turning point in his life and then, he found peace in nature.