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2011-2012 International President Wing-Kun Tam is challenging Lions around the world to plant one million trees this year to demonstrate the strength of our global network. The map
here
provides an at-a-glance update on how close Lions from various parts of the world have come to reaching this goal so far.

More than 80 percent of the forests that originally covered the Earth have
been lost or degraded. Between 1980 and 1990 alone, the Latin American region lost 62 million hectares (6.0 percent) of its natural forest, which was the
largest loss in the world during those years, with a further 5.8 million hectares a year lost between 1990 and 1995. Despite efforts to reverse this trend, deforestation continues at an alarming rate each year, particularly in Africa, Latin America, and Asia and the Pacific. (Source: UNEP)

So why are trees important ?

It’s no secret that trees help the environment, but you may be surprised
by all the benefits that planting a tree can provide.

Trees and the Environment

From an environmental perspective, trees are vital to many processes that make
life on Earth possible.

According the United Nations Environmental Programme, trees are fundamental
elements of various natural systems. They conserve soil and water, control
avalanches, prevent desertification, protect coastal areas and stabilize sand
dunes. Forests house nearly 90 percent of terrestrial life and are vital centers
of biological biodiversity on land. (Source: UNEP
Billion Tree Planting Campaign
)

Trees and People

People around the world depend on trees for their livelihood. Nearly three
hundred million people live in forests and rely on trees for fuel wood, medicine
and food. Another 1.6 billion people depend on trees and forests for subsistence
and income. (Source: FAO)

In addition, trees are vital to agricultural productivity. Trees not only
help to improve soil quality, but also attract animals that are essential
for pollination, seed dispersal, and germination. (Source: World
Agroforestry Centre
)

Trees and the Economy

Forestry-related industries generated nearly US$500 billion in 2006. An additional
US$189 billion was produced through the global trade of primary wood products.
(Source: FAO)

Green economies increasingly focus on agroforestry, an approach that integrates
trees into farming systems for more sustainable land use, and other methods
of sustainable economic activities.

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