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Media Advisory: UNEP to Launch 'Forests in a Green Economy' report on World Environment Day
02/ 06/ 2011

Media Advisory: UNEP to Launch 'Forests in a Green Economy' report on World Environment DayA new UNEP report will detail the economic, environmental, health and social benefits of investing in forests. 'Forests in a Green Economy' will be launched in New Delhi and Nairobi on 5 June 2011.

Report examines how investment in forests can boost employment, tackle climate change and reduce deforestation

Today, over 1.6 billion people are dependent on forests for their livelihoods. Rich in biodiversity, forests are also essential in supplying water to nearly half of the world's largest cities. Yet despite such vital services, the world is losing its forests at an alarming rate, with some 5.2 million hectares being cut down each year.

UNEP's Forests in a Green Economy report - to be launched on 5 June in New Delhi and Nairobi - details the economic, environmental, health and social benefits of investing in forests and how better management of the 'lungs of the Earth' can help achieve sustainability for communities across the world.

The report will be launched during this year's World Environment Day (WED) celebrations, which are taking place under the theme 'Forests: Nature at Your Service'. The UN has also declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests.

UNEP's Green Economy Report - launched last February - identified forests as one of ten key sectors which, with sufficient investment and enabling policies, can help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy.

This latest report examines in greater detail how public and private investments, transfers between developed and developing countries and other financial models can help realize the full contribution of forests to the global economy, poverty eradication, health and the fight against climate change.

NEW DELHI PRESS CONFERENCE:

5 June 2011, 14:45 - 15:45, Ashok Hotel, New Delhi

Speakers: Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment, India
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Pushpam Kumar, Chief, Ecosystems Services Economics Unit, UNEP

For more information on the New Delhi launch, please contact:

Shereen Zorba, UNEP Newsdesk, on Tel: +91 78 3865 3393 (India) or E-mail: shereen.zorba@unep.org

NAIROBI PRESS CONFERENCE:

Sunday 5 June 2011, 11:00am - 12.00pm, South Ballroom, Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

Speakers: Tim Kasten, UNEP Division of Environmental Policy Implementation
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson / Head of Media
Christian Lambrechts, UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment and Technical Advisor to the Mau Restoration Interim Coordinating Secretariat

>b>For more information on the Nairobi launch, please contact:

Bryan Coll, UNEP Newsdesk, Tel: +254 207623088 or E-mail: bryan.coll@unep.org / unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Further Resources
UNEP Green Economy Initiative
World Environment Day 2011 - 'Forests: Nature at Your Service'
UN International Year of Forests 2011