The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be considered in the design and implementation of the new sustainable development goals and the new climate change agreement to be adopted this December in Paris, according to UN officials and forest experts in messages for the International Day of Forests, observed on 21 March.
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A father and son were sentenced to replant and maintain just over 900 trees after both men were caught cutting and attempting to remove the young plants from privately owned lands that have been declared as a forest management area. They are the first offenders to be prosecuted under the Forest Act for offences committed on a privately owned holding.
Honourable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change has urged Jamaicans to take care of the nation’s forests because it is vital to the mitigating the effects of climate change.
Trees play a critical role to our existence on earth. They provide us with numerous products that we utilize in our daily lives, from food to furniture, paper to cosmetics and a host of products in between. Their aesthetic appeal is universal, and they make our world a much more beautiful place.