Forests

Forests are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But they, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.

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Among the world’s greatest assets

 

for the climate

40 %

of the world’s oxygen is produced by rainforests

for biodiversity

80 %

of terrestrial biodiversity is in forests

for communities

1.6

billion people depend on forests


How we engage

IUCN works to build sustainable landscapes, protect primary forests and advance the rights of forest communities. Through its forest initiatives, IUCN helps countries implement effective forest and land-use policies, achieve national priorities and meet international commitments on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.


News

  • blue sky and green tree left versus hot sun and desert on right Photo: Pixabay

    Piecing together the case for nature-based solutions and the Paris Agreement

    14.01.2019

    There is indisputable evidence that achieving global climate objectives requires nature-based solutions. In light of the most recent climate science, and in preparation for the development of new or revision of existing national climate targets under the...

  • Photo: IUCN / Salome Begeladze

    Forest Landscape Restoration in Caucasus and Central Asia

    10.12.2018

    Forest loss, land degradation and decline in ecosystems services is growing across the Caucasus and Central Asia region, resulting in loss of the biological and economic productivity of the land, decreases in environmental benefits, and a substantial negative...

  • Photo: IUCN - TNC - ICRAF - EMBRAPA

    Cocoa agroforestry in the Amazon: There’s an app for that

    06.12.2018

    A digital technology called AnaliSAFs is providing innovative and transformative solutions for cocoa agroforestry systems in the Amazon, making degraded and deforested lands more valuable for people and the planet.

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