By Teng L. Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .
Koronadal City — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is calling urban dwellers to plant and grow more trees in the cities and towns to mark the globally-celebrated International Day of the Forests.
This year’s theme is “Forests and Sustainable Cities” which emphasizes the importance of forests and trees as part of the urban landscapes.
DENR-12 Regional Director Nilo Tamoria said the urban residents should do their part in greening their cities and towns.
“Forests and trees have multiple benefits not only for the environment but also to our living condition. Forests in and around urban areas can help filter and regulate water, contributing to high-quality fresh water supplies for many people. This would in turn provide us a healthier, sustainable and a resilient place to live with,” Director Tamoria said.
The United Nations reported that forest covers one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Studies show that forests are home to over 80% of terrestrial biodiversity. Over 40% of the world’s oxygen is produced from rainforests and forests contribute to maintaining the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air.