Why Should We Care About the World’s Forests?

Forests cover nearly 4 billion hectares, or 30% of the total land surface, but the world loses about 13 million hectares (almost 4 times the area of Vancouver Island) to deforestation and degradation annually; mostly in the tropics.  Forests are also the home for millions of mostly poor communities, and they play important roles in mitigating climate change besides providing many goods and services. The conservation and sustainable management of world’s forests occupy a significant position in international discussions albeit being splintered over many treaties and conventions.

As forestry issues are cross-border in terms of trade, biodiversity, water, climate change, etc…come and ask questions and participate in a discussion on international forestry with Dr. Hosny El Lakany.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Hosny El Lakany is currently Adjunct Professor at the UBC Faculty of Forestry and Professor Emeritus at Alexandria University in Egypt. He Chairs the International Partnership on Forestry Education (IPFE) and lectures and conducts research and consultancies in International Forestry Policies and Natural Resource Management.