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Vital Forest Graphics
Forests are not only important for the 1.6 billion people who depend on them for their livelihoods, but for the world’s population at large. Forests play a critical role in the Earth’s life support system, including global carbon and hydrological cycles. To help communicate the value of forests to policy-makers and the wider public, the Vital Forest Graphics analyses, synthesizes and illustrates topical forest issues. The Vital Forest Graphics provides an overview of the global trends in forest cover and looks specifically at the four largest forest ecosystems and analyses the trends and challenges in their conservation and management. It scrutinizes some of the key drivers behind forest loss, including the increasing demand for commodities and energy. Finally, it reviews some of the best practices for sustainable management of forest, including regulatory regimes, participatory management and economic incentives.

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1. Forest definition and extent
2. Forest losses and gains
3. The relationship between indigenous people and forests
4. Forests sustain livelihoods
5. A hiding place for fighting forces and a refuge for victims
6. Forests under threat as agricultural commodities take over
7. Is fast wood like fast food
8. Changing trends in forest products trade
9. Clearing forests for biofuels
10. Forests are a key source of ecological services
11. Climate change and its impact on forests
12. Forests and the carbon cycle
13. Forest animals threatened by habitat loss and-poaching
14. The forests of Central Africa
15. The forests of Southeast Asia
16. The Amazon- The largest rainforest in the world
17. The Boreal forests
18. Forests and fires
19. Forests suffer from air pollution
20. Local forest management
21. Certification for sustainable forest management
22. Economic incentives to protect forests
23. Are legal instruments sufficient to protect our forests
24. Greening degraded forest landscapes

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The Vital Forest Graphics is a joint production by three leading UN bodies in forest management and conservation: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)