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What is the importance of forest as a resource?

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Forest are renewable natural resources. They are important as a resource due to the following reasons:

(i) They provide habitat, food and protection to wildlife.

(ii) Help in balancing CO2 and O2 of the atmosphere.

(iii) Improves water holding capacity of the soil.

(iv) Regulates the water cycle.

(v) For human beings, they are the source of various essential commodities like fuel, wood, timber, fruits, resins, etc

(vi) Forest helps in the conservation of biodiversity as a large number of species (of plants and animals) live inside them.

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