34% of Afghanistan’s forests lost in the last 15 years

KABUL ( SW) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan has stated that it has planted 23 million trees in Afghanistan in the last decade in cooperation with its partners.

On Thursday, on the occasion of World Forest Day, WFP said that planting trees protects the soil and helps thousands of families to have healthy food and earn income by selling its fruit.

On the other hand, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has announced that Afghanistan lost 1 million and 78 thousand hectares of forests and woodlands.

This organization wrote in its X that the forests in Afghanistan have been “horribly” affected by 40 years of war and neglect, and Afghanistan has lost 34% of its forests in the last 15 years.

In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly named March 21 as World Forest Day in order to protect and raise awareness of the role and place of forests.