The forests create a rainbow of multicolored leaves. It is not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, as well. Its benefits are incalculable. Photo: @Emma, from UNEP photo contest on forests.
Find out about Bejean (Jean Rabe), a traditional hunter and wildlife conservationist living in the remote village of Marovovonana in North-east Madagascar on the edge of the Makira Natural Park. Fish and wildlife are an integral part of the local culture and diet in this region.
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.
Forest and biodiversity in danger
More than 100 wildfires are still raging across Australia. Some estimates suggest that around half a billion animals have burnt to death in the state of New South Wales alone. In an interview with John Scanlon, Australian-born environment and conservation expert, he said that the increasing threat to biodiversity must be “lifted up to the international agenda”.