2015 is celebrated globally as the UN International year of soils.
Forests form the foundation of many natural systems. They help restore soils, reduce landslides, prevent desertification and protect coastal areas.
Did you know that 10 million km2 of degraded farmland covering our Earth was abundant forest lands at the beginning of the 20th century?
Deforestation through poor agricultural practices, overgrazing, demographic pressure resulted in massive deterioration of ecosystems, the destruction of the soil integrity and, as a consequence, poverty.