‘Forests and people are intertwined. Humans rely on forests for their basic needs: clean air, food, water and raw materials for medicine, shelter and clothing.”
Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, executive director of the Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), gave this message for the International Day of Forests on March 21. The annual celebration emphasizes the importance of all types of forests and trees in the world.
Lim said beyond the basic needs, forests play an important role in development. Forests are key ecosystems that significantly contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are geared toward economic growth, social equity and environmental protection.