Today September 24, 2012, was inaugurated in Rome meeting of the FAO Committee on Forestry, by the Director General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva.
According to Graziano da Silva, forests cover about 31% of Earth’s surface and play a role in regard to the global economy and national well in reducing hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty.
Graziano da Silva said the FAO’s success in improving the quality of life of people depends on the balance between the “use and conservation of natural resources” and interlaced This should take into account the role of forests with respect to carbon sequestration, preservation of the quality of soil, water and biodiversity.
The Director General of the FAO, said that about 350 million people in poverty worldwide, including 60 million indigenous-, depend on forests for their survival and their daily subsistence.
Also, da Silva noted the importance of sustaining life on the planet and stop the desertification process, issues that are priorities on the international agenda, for which the development of sustainable agriculture and forestry are important measures.