The figures nevertheless suggest that the world consumption of wood for energy is roughly similar to that of industrial wood. Many want to see for themselves and are willing to pay substantially to do so.
Forest myths Forests provide a wide range of benefits at local, national and global levels. They help us breathe.
Many medicines and pharmaceuticals have been discovered in plants native to forests. Watersheds come in all sizes—some are millions of square miles, while others are just a few acres. Therefore the use of narrowly based genetic materials grown for short term productive purposes must always be paralleled by conservation of the maximum amount of available variation through the establishment of reserves and managed resource areas and through the inclusion of genetic conservation concerns in improvement and breeding strategies.
Nearly half of all known species live in forests, including 80 percent of biodiversity on land. In coastal areas, mangroves protect the land against erosion by the sea as well as providing breeding grounds for fish and shrimps.
Trees can compete with crops for light and nutrients, causing significant reductions in crop yields. They pay it forward.