Mr Holmgren cited the results of a study by his organization, which recently found that people living near forests rely on forest income for a fifth of their total household income, on average. "This research illustrate how incredibly important the forestry industry is for those living in these regions," explained FRA's analysis partner, Peter Collins.
He added, "Holmgren points out how forestry provides so much for so many people and that safeguarding its future is vital for communities all over the world, but especially in developing countries."
Forestry as a means of reduce climate change through carbon absorption is now very much in the public consciousness. Carbon trading means that wealthy, industrial countries can pay developing countries with large amounts of forestry land to keep their forests standing to offset the impact of their industrial practices. In addition, Mr Collins and Mr Holmgren both point out that forestry is not disconnected from other industries. Holmgren explained to Guardian readers: "Forestry is not an isolated sector disconnected from the world beyond the trees. For local people, the forest is a source of renewable energy, food and livelihoods."
Holmgren claims that there is a strong link between forestry and food security and that this, alone is a good reason to keep forests standing.
FRA claims that investing in sustainable plantations projects in countries like Brazil, that have large amounts of vulnerable natural forests, can help reduce deforestation. Mr Collins concluded: "Projects like the eucalyptus and teak plantations run by Greenwood Management in Brazil and Canada are lucrative choices for alternative investors, while being an ethical choice for those who want to safeguard the future of forestry."
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