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U.N. concludes Year of Forests

  |   Feb. 9, 2012 at 9:24 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The United Nations is wrapping up its Year of Forests highlighting their social and economic value, officials at U.N headquarters in New York said.

The Year of Forests was a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of forests and the people who depend on them.

"Each of us, all 7 billion people on Earth, has our physical, economic and spiritual health tied to forests," Jan McAlpine, director of the U.N. Forum on Forests Secretariat, said in a release.

A series of events and activities during 2011 addressed the value of forests and the actions people could take to protect them and help contribute to their sustainable management.

To conclude the campaign, a special ceremony will be held at U.N. headquarters honoring people who have made special contributions to protect forests, the release said.

The winners of the awards come from various countries and backgrounds but have all made a significant impact on the preservation of forests, the United Nations said.

The award for the North American region will go 11-year-old Girl Scouts Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva for convincing the Girl Scout Organization to stop using cookies containing palm oil, which is linked to the destruction of rainforests.

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