World Rainforest Day | UPSC

World Rainforest Day UPSC

World Rainforest Day | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

World Rainforest Day

      WHY IN NEWS:

Goliath frog population is estimated to have halved in the last 15 years

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Conservation of Biodiversity : Flora and Fauna : Environment and Ecology :IUCN

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS look out for the significance of this day and also organizers .

For MAINS follow the approach . You will find some key points for afforestation and community guidelines .

      ISSUE: 

WHY WORLD RAINFOREST DAY?

  • Rainforests are vital for the survival of life on Earth.
  • We depend on the Amazon rainforest alone for 20% of the oxygen we breathe and the freshwater we drink.
  • They absorb our carbon dioxide, stabilize climate patterns, and are home to half the world’s plant and animal species.

Yet every minute, we lose 40 football fields of rainforests, which threatens our biodiversity and imperils our planet’s health.

  • Deforestation causes 15% of global carbon dioxide emissions that accelerate climate change—more than from all cars in the U.S. and China combined.

FOCUS :

  • Natural climate solutions like protecting and restoring forests, however, could reverse global emissions by a third.

  World Rainforest Day celebrates this precious natural resource and encourages action to preserve it.
 

ORGANIZERS :

The first World Rainforest Day was launched on June 22nd, 2017 by Rainforest Partnership .

It is as a collaborative effort to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the world’s rainforests.

THE APPROACH :

  • Community Engagement & Empowerment : Empowering local and indigenous communities to be forest guardians through conservation education, training, and capacity building.
  • Sustainable Livelihoods :  Building sustainable economies that rely on healthy forests for success.
  • Conservation Science:  Producing scientific research to support the creation of protected areas and actions for endangered species.
  • Biodiversity Conservation & Forest Regeneration : Restoring rainforests to preserve wildlife and mitigate climate change.
  • Conservation Management & Governance : Establishing protected areas, securing community land rights, creating conservation policies, building the capacity of local decision-makers.

  Global Activation & Engagement :  Rainforest Partnership hosts Films for the Forest every year, a global filmmaking challenge that aims to shine a light on the importance of rainforests to people of all ages.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • World Rainforest Day is an opportunity to celebrate this precious natural resource each year and take action to preserve it.
  • Together we can create a positive impact on rainforests for years to come.
     SOURCES:DownToEarth | World Rainforest Day | UPSC

 

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