Myanmar observes International Day of Forests in capital city

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Union Minister for Forest U Win Tun and party pose for documentary photo at the ceremony to mark the International Day of Forests.—MNA

The Ministry of Forest observed International Day of Forests 2015 under the theme for this year “Forests and Climate Change” here on Saturday, according to officials.
In an opening address, Union Minister U Win Tun described forestation as the most effective and simplest way to tackle environmental issues facing the world.
Some 1.6 billion of the world’s population depend on forests, which he said are home to over 80% of biodiversity, adding that 75% of freshwater comes from forested catchment areas.
Forests provide climate-resilient services with equal proportions of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity, he said.
Two decades of annual deforestation in Myanmar from 1990 to 2010 accounted for 0.55% of the country’s total forest area, with annual global deforestation reaching over 13 million hectares.
Myanmar is making strategic arrangements for its deforestation to come to zero in 2030 in a bid to sustain forest resources, with emphasis being placed on green industries.

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