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2011: International Year of Forests
Tropical forests at CIRAD
This site, produced to mark the International Year of forests in 2011, CIRAD's tropical forest research
Of men and forests
More than 1.6 billion people depend on forests as a source of income.
Services on a global level
By storing carbon, trees help limit climate change.
A forest of 1000 resources
People draw many resources from forests, notably wood for construction, paper pulp or as a renewable energy source.
Services on a local level
On a local level, forests also provide many services: soil protection and enrichment, water recycling, coastal protection, local climate regulation, etc.
Tropical forests are home to more than 50% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.
© Cirad 2011
In a nutshell