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Monday, 4 July 2011
Page: 7442

International Year of Forests

Debate resumed on motion by Mr Adams:

That this House notes that 2011 is the International Year of the Forests (Year) and therefore asks Members to:

(1)   recognize that forest and sustainable forest management can contribute significantly to sustainable development, poverty eradication and the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals;

(2)   support concerted efforts to focus on raising awareness at all levels to strengthen the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations; and

(3)   call upon State Governments, relevant regional and international organisations, and major groups to support activities related to the Year, inter alia, through voluntary contributions, and to link their relevant activities to the Year.