Forests provide are essential for the Earth's vitality. They play a crucial role in regulating the atmosphere, climate and terrestrial activities, and are home to diverse ecosystems and much of the world's biodiversity. They provide many commodities to humankind including, construction, energy, nutrition and medicines. However, they are being used unsustainably and their rate of loss is accelerating. It is widely agreed that plantations or planted forests are needed in order to provide and maintain these services, in addition to existing natural or modified forests. Another advantage is that plantations can be planned to provide most benefit to societal needs.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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