UN calls for protecting forests, agriculture
Approximately one billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods and each year.
The impacts of climate change on forests and agriculture were in the spotlight at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris.
On the second day of the conference, new alliances among organizations and stakeholders announced aiming to eliminate natural deforestation and to prevent threats to sustainable farming and people's livelihoods.
During the two-week conference, 12 thematic focus events are being organized to expose how climate issues affect various sectors and to suggest relevant solutions to tackle them.
According to UN estimates, approximately one billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods and each year, approximately 12 million hectares of forest are destroyed.
This loss of forest cover is said to be responsible for roughly 11 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.