​ADDITIONAL FACTS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS

  • Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood, including 70 million indigenous people.

  • 6 billion people depend directly on agriculture, but 52 per cent of the land used for agriculture is moderately or severely affected by soil degradation.

  • 74 per cent of the poor are directly affected by land degradation globally.

  • Illicit poaching and trafficking of wildlife continues to thwart conservation efforts, with nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants reported in illegal trade involving 120 countries.

  • Over 80 per cent of the human diet is provided by plants. Only three cereal crops – rice, maize and wheat – provide 60 per cent of energy intake.

  • As many as 80 per cent of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant-­‐based medicines for basic healthcare.

DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH

WEBSITES

  1. Does the website end in .edu, .gov or .org?

  2. Does the site or database article contain a bibliography of sources? 

  3. Is the content provided for public service or educational use? 

  4. Can you verify the author's credentials? 

  5. Is there a date associated with the site or information on the site?  

 

BOOKS

  1. Does the book contain a bibliography of sources? 

  2. Is the content for public service or educational use? 

  3. Can you verify the author's credentials? 

  4. ​What is the copyright date? 

  5. ​Will this book give you useful information for your service project?

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