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International Day of Woods and Forests: an opportunity to think about the importance of life

Home to more than 60,000 terrestrial species, and home to thousands of biomes, lakes, rivers and a large ecosystem that connects nature to our cities and metropolises, woods and forests are two fundamental environments for the conception and preservation of life. According to a study by the United Nations (UN), about 80% of soil biodiversity such as insects, reptiles, mammals and microorganisms live in these environments, which vary from region to region.

This March 21, we celebrate the importance of these biosystems for humanity around the world. In addition to providing natural resources and promoting scientific advances around the world, these forests guarantee the direct livelihood of more than 100 million people, according to UN data. From sustainable extractivism practices to the production of furniture, utensils, food and building materials, nature has a lot to offer if respected and well worked on.

According to Embrapa, the promotion of the bioeconomy can generate up to U$ 284 billion annually until 2050, if the country invests in a sustainable economy and carbon absorption. Despite the optimistic numbers, between 2000 and 2020, Brazil lost 513.1 thousand km² of green areas for agriculture and predatory use, the equivalent of the sum of the territories of the States of São Paulo, Rio, Paraná and Sergipe.

Thus, on this day, it is necessary to reflect on the impact of our actions on nature and think about ways to preserve Brazilian biodiversity. Supporting ecological campaigns and reducing meat consumption, for example, can be the beginning of this long journey towards nature. Let's go together!

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