Climate mitigation: Halting tropical deforestation and forest degradation brings us immediate carbon reductions. This one step is an important and low impact route to solving climate change challenges.
Clean air: Trees produce oxygen, cleaning the air that we breathe and directly improving the health of populations (both locally and all over the world). Without them, our lives would soon become increasingly toxic.
Poverty alleviation: Protecting these forests alleviates poverty for some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities who live in and around them. It also allows for investment into vital social projects such as health clinics.
Indigenous people: Forests are the natural home to many indigenous populations, and their way of life is under the very real threat of deforestation. By protecting these landscapes we’re helping to save their ancient cultural heritage and ensure their future.
Sustainable livelihoods: Forest carbon projects help communities to develop viable business models that don’t depend on forest destruction. Instead, they help build local economies around sustainable activities, such as producing fair trade coffee.
Food security: Protecting natural landscapes and making them sustainable and productive helps to ensure global food security. It also safeguards the valuable ecosystem services around food production, from preventing erosion to fixing nutrients into the soil.
Energy security: Forests underpin global energy, from sustainably providing the developing world with wood for fuel to maintaining the global water supplies essential for hydropower, industry and the survival of populations.