What is the importance of forests?

Forests are of inestimable importance. They produce many products that are used daily; from fruits, paper, wood as well as by-products, such like medicines, cosmetics and detergents.

Forests also provide habitats for diverse animal species, and form the source of livelihood for many communities.

They offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion, help to maintain the water cycle, and help reduce global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which is used in photosynthesis.