Low forest cover accounts for the largest proportion of the Earth's
land area which is the habitat and source of livelihood for a large proportion of its
population. Low forest cover is due to natural ecological conditions as well as to human
activities. Low forest cover is a problem of global dimension and joint action of the
intentional community is needed to respond to the needs and undertaken by low and middle
income developing LFCCs for the sustainable forest management,
afforestation and reforestation should be supported by the international community
through, inter alia, the provision of financial, technological resources.
Sustained economic growth, social development and poverty
eradication are priorities of LFC developing countries to expand and
rehabilitate their forest cover.
Low forest cover affects sustainable development through its
interrelationships with important economic and social problems such as poverty, poor
health and nutrition, lack of food security, shelter, water resources, fuel, fodder,
grazing provision for livestock, and those arising from refugees, migration, displacement
of persons and demographic dynamics.
The developing countries with low forest cover are themselves
actively engaged in the arid land and forest rehabilitation and have already invested
significant amount of resources in these activities, which yielded successful results.
Recent success stories in several developing countries are prominent examples of
contributions that such projects can make to rural development and preserving the natural
environment. Despite the adoption by the international community of some decisions and
agreements on the subject at hand, the international support provided has so far been far
from being adequate. Urgent action must be taken in order to conserve and expand the
existing forest cover in LFC developing countries in order to meet their
economic, social and environmental needs and objectives. In this context, the
recommendations made by the intergovernmental panel on forests (IPF) must
be implemented in and urgent manner. Furthermore, intergovernmental forum on forests (IFF)
should make practical and action - oriented recommendations in order to assist the
developing countries to mitigate the effects of LFC and also for the
rehabilitation of their forests.
This paper focusing on the needs and requirements of low - forested
countries, in addition, a summary of the outcome of the work of IPF and a
number of proposals for action on this subject matter.
[Low Forest Cover] [Current
[Information Requirements] [Approaches and policy Options]
[Summery Of IPE Report On Low Forest
Cover] [Proposals For Action]