A Treasure Trove
- Published: 05 July 2010
They are a millennial heritage that ensures life.
They are air, water, soil,climate.
Without forests, it is not onlyindigenous peoples and animal species that would die. Withoutforests, none of uswould haveafuture.
Intact forestareas still extendto 13 million square kilometres, 1.8% of the earth's surface above sea-level.Butthey are fighting against time: half of the original forests that covered the planetfrom the end of the Ice Ageare lost forever. And most of the remaining forests, fragmented into small areas, are destined todisappearin time.