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Definition: Protection


The function of forest/other wooded land in providing protection of soil against erosion by water or wind, prevention of desertification, the reduction of risk of avalanches and rock or mud slides; and in conserving, protecting and regulating the quantity and quality of water supply, including the prevention of flooding.
Includes:  Protection against air and noise pollution.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "The Forest Resources Assessment Programme (FRA 2000)", Terms and Definitions, United Nations, Rome, 1998