CLIMATE CHANGE: Forests Much More Than Carbon Storage

11 November 2009

 BUENOS AIRES, Oct 28 (Tierramérica) - The world's forests and jungles are much more than carbon storage sites and compensation for greenhouse emissions, experts and activists point out to governments that are negotiating a new global climate change treaty.

Forests hold two-thirds of the planet's biodiversity, provide vital services in terms of water and food supplies, and sustain the cultural and spiritual identities of some 1.6 billion people, including many indigenous communities that survive in the forest habitat.