Today I thank God for the world’s forests, and  for their renewable gifts: as places to live, as carbon sinks, sources of sustainable food and materials supply, as genetic reservoirs, as crucibles for life-saving and enhancing medicines and crucial role in flood control as preservers of watersheds. I thank God also for the good people who are working to protect the world’s forests.

To celebrate  Forest Day, wildopeneye would like to share some forest-related stuff with you.

First The UNDP’s Forest PSA, by Andy Luck which shows the value of intact forest
https://videopress.com/v/zIsMnEr4
There is also a version of the film in Bahasa at the following link
https://wildopeneye.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/what-is-the-sound-of-a-tree-not-falling-undps-public-service-announcement-succinctly-explains/

Here’s a Press Release from INTERPOL on the International Day of Forests. INTERPOL reaffirms its commitment to environmental security and strengthening the role of law enforcement in protecting the world’s forests.

 

Please also find the link to their videos:

 

–          Why is it important to protect our forests? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiDeUtXMDrg

 

–          What is INTERPOL’s role in combatting forestry crime? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpsqdOGFv44

 

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21 March 2016

International Day of  Forests: the role of environmental security

 

LYON, France – As celebrated every 21 March, the International Day of Forests is a reminder of the role of law enforcement worldwide in protecting the environment, including from forestry crimes tied to corruption, illegal logging and timber trafficking.

Mobilizing governments and stakeholders to translate commitment into action on the ground, INTERPOL’s Environmental Security programme brings decision makers to one table to promote environmental compliance and enforcement measures.

Its activities include Project Leaf, launched in June 2012 with funding from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). In collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Project Leaf provides a coordinated global response to transnational organized crime affecting the forestry sector.

In 2013, Project Leaf identified corruption as a key factor in facilitating forestry crime in its report entitled Assessment of Law Enforcement Capacity Needs to Tackle Forest Crime. The project estimates the annual cost of corruption in the forestry sector to be worth some USD 30 billion in lost government revenue.

 

“Collaboration is required to combat all forms of crimes, including environmental crime which is associated with low risk and high profits,” said Tim Morris, INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services.

 

“Corruption undermines not only the profitability and sustainability of the world’s resources, but also governance. It is used by criminal groups to establish ‘safe passage’ trade routes for the illicit  movement of timber and other goods,” added Mr Morris.

 

Together with INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes unit, Project Leaf is working to support countries’ efforts to address corruption in the forestry sector and ensure collaboration across relevant work areas.

 

“Corruption in the forestry sector is of particular importance given the close links with deforestation rates and the resulting impact on biodiversity loss, climate change, local community livelihoods and sustainable economic development,” said Davyth Stewart, Head of Project Leaf.

 

The value of the timber seized between 2012 and 2015 following Project Leaf’s operational engagement with INTERPOL member countries has been estimated at almost USD 1.7 billion.

 

An INTERPOL training course next month in Buenos Aires, Argentina will focus on addressing corruption in the forestry  sector. It will gather forest law enforcement officers, anti-corruption investigators and financial crime police from South American countries.

 

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Also check out Global Witness website. This NPO has done much to expose forest crime and UN-REDD ” that is Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. “REDD+” goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.”