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

  • woman smiling and holding seedling Photo: IUCN / Pauline Buffle

    Money grows for trees: Financing FLR in Asia and beyond

    12.06.2018

    The loss of global tree cover reached a record 29.7 million hectares in 2016. While ambitious programmes across Asia to restore forest landscapes and help support rural communities are growing, there remains inadequate financing throughout the region and the...

  • Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, World Heritage site Photo: IUCN / Elena Osipova

    World Heritage in-danger: Belize reef recovers while Lake Turkana faces dam threat – IUCN

    28.05.2018

    In-danger status can be lifted from the world’s second largest coral reef, Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in charge of advising the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on natural sites....

  • Photo: IUCN / George Akwah

    Inclusivity across 4 African landscapes

    28.05.2018

    Thought leaders from civil society, government and business are advancing a ‘landscape approach’ to land use and resource decision-making. Such an approach seeks to address the often-competing interests of different stakeholders across a landscape to engage...

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