Why Forests

Forests are our planet’s greatest natural asset. They give us an incredible list of benefits that we simply couldn’t live without. And we’re not just talking about the carbon they absorb. These natural wonders do more than you can imagine.

Climate

Climate MitigationClimate 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.

Climate AdaptationClimate adaptation: Looking after our forests helps us tackle changes we’re already seeing in our climate. This ranges from re-building landscape resilience to regulating flooding and drought to keeping land healthy and productive.

Nature

BiodiversityBiodiversity: Forests around the world are a hub for the conservation of biodiversity. They form a protected habitat for millions of animals and plants, including many endangered species.

Clean AirClean 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.

Medicine & HealthMedicine & health: Rainforests are an extraordinary hotbed of biodiversity. Their rich native species constantly inspire surprising medical breakthroughs and deliver cures for devastating diseases.

People

Poverty AlleviationPoverty 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 PopulationsIndigenous 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 LivelihoodsSustainable 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.

Empowering WomenEmpowering women: Forest carbon projects are often designed around new collaborative initiatives that empower women, too. By recognising women as stewards of the forest, communities are strengthened and ecologies protected.

Economy

Food SecurityFood 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 SecurityEnergy 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.

Water SecurityWater security: Forests sustain our global water supply and are critical to the water cycle. In fact, trees help to create rain! So they are essential to all life on earth.