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March : Husqvarna Helps Reforest South Africa with International Day of Forests (21 March 2017)

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13 March, 2017

Husqvarna Helps Reforest South Africa with International Day of Forests (21 March 2017)

Husqvarna helps reforest South Africa

Many people are unaware that forests cover one third of the earth's land mass - and that some 1.6 billion people, including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures, depend on forests for their livelihood. Probably just as many people don't know that global deforestation continues at an alarming rate, and that 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually.

Deforestation accounts for 12% to 20% of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Also rather astonishingly, forested watersheds and wetlands supply a whopping 75% of the world's accessible freshwater.

In celebration of the 2017 International Day of Forests (21 March), world-leading producer of outdoor power products for garden, part and forest care, Husqvarna South Africa have invited their dealers and end users to accept the 2017 #treechallenge and join their tree-planting drive.

Husqvarna, the world's first forest and garden group to have its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative, pays homage to this global forest recognition day and is earnest about doing its bit to raise awareness about the importance of all trees and forests.

As a world leader, the group is committed to playing its part in renewing the earth's natural resources. In the spirit of this, Husqvarna has challenged its dealers nationwide to plant indigenous species for worthy recipients, i.e. schools, orphanages, old age homes or other deserving charity organisations.

"The annual International Day of Forests celebrates how forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year's theme focuses on how forests are key to the planet's supply of freshwater, which is essential for life. We want to see more than 100 trees planted in 2017, with our dealers' co-operation," said Jacqui Cochran, marketing manager for Husqvarna South Africa, quoting the old Chinese proverb: "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

For more information, visit www.husqvarna.co.za


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