When was the last time you spent time in the forest?
Studies have shown the benefits of a walk in the forest to boost the immune system and reduce stress. This international day, dedicated to forests, aims this year to highlight their contributions to health. In addition to purifying our water and air, fertilizing soils, providing building materials and food, forests play a vital role against climate change by sequestering and storing carbon, as well as regulating the climate locally. Through these many ecosystem services, forests maintain a healthy environment for human and animal populations. They also provide the 60,000 or so plants used to heal us.
But despite the attachment we have to our forests and the growing visibility of the issue of their conservation, deforestation on a global scale is only increasing. Over the last twenty years (2001-2021) nearly 11% of the world’s vegetation cover has been lost, mainly due to human activities (GFW). However, 70% of all emerging diseases and almost all pandemics (Zika, Ebola, Nipah, etc.) are zoonoses from wild animals (IPBES). Deforestation and loss of biodiversity in forests increase the prevalence of viruses and other diseases in animal populations. Increased human-wildlife interactions increase the risk of transmission of these diseases to humans.
The question of the future of forests is at the heart of our work at SalvaTerra. At our level, we try to contribute to the sustainable management and protection of this priceless heritage through the work and studies we are currently carrying out:
Capitalize on DynAfFor and P3FAC forest dynamics research projects to help disseminate recommendations for more sustainable management of production forests in Central Africa.
Support the Senegalese government in mobilizing carbon finance to protect and rehabilitate mangroves;
Assess the risks of afforestation projects aimed at carbon certification in Togo and Congo Brazzaville for private actors;
Conduct feedback on a development program for the French Douglas sector for France Bois Forêt;
Support the government to improve the prevention and management of forest fires in Algeria;
Promote sustainable agricultural practices and especially agroforestry on the east coast of Madagascar to reduce deforestation.
In Guinea, the Steering Committee of Agricultural Land Reform held its 1st meeting!
With funding from AFD - French Development Cooperation, SalvaTerra provides the Guinean Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock with technical assistance in the development of an inclusive agricultural land reform, through the participatory design of an agricultural land policy and a law on agricultural land