Forests

This page is a list of our latest updates and stories about IUCN's work related to Forests.

Four countries have made restoration pledges to the Bonn Challenge – totaling 1.65 million hectares – at the first Asia Bonn Challenge High-level...
With today’s announcements, Bonn Challenge commitments now total 150.03 million hectares, a major milestone for the global effort.  The new pledges include 0.75 million hectares by...
The Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress – a protocol that will monitor commitments made to the global restoration goal – was announced by IUCN at...
Political support for the Bonn Challenge – a global commitment to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million by 2030 – has grown exponentially...
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Delegates from nearly a dozen countries in Asia are coming together in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia on May 9-10, 2017 to identify ways to...
Led by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of South Sumatra, in cooperation with IUCN, the two-day meeting will be instrumental in furthering...
UNFF
This week the 12th session of the United Nations Forum of Forests will be held at UN headquarters in New York, touching on key topics regarding the...
In January 2017 the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), which has universal membership, adopted the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF). The UNSPF constitutes the global...
Women in Malawi standing in field
In Malawi, when asked what trees should be planted as a part of forest landscape restoration (FLR) projects, local stakeholders—predominantly male—...
“We don’t need to tell the women about forests, they know their value and they’re ready to strike a balance between protecting and managing them.” – Jackie Siles, IUCN Global Gender Office Malawi...
This blog post by Steve Bernacki, independent consultant for IUCN and technical advisor, reflects on a recent trip to Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear and...
As we drive across three Cambodian provinces north of the Tonle Sap lake to meet local communities and government officials, we pass through a mixed-use landscape of rubber, mango, cashew and cassava...
Young people have immense potential to contribute to forest conservation and restoration. Watch our video and read on to see how and why IUCN is...
In Colombia and Rwanda, young people have played a crucial role in furthering IUCN’s efforts to restore degraded and deforested landscapes using the forest landscape restoration (FLR) approach. At...
water in front and green mangroves halfway up the photo with blue sky in back
Today, a rapidly increasing number of people are flocking to the coasts – to build their homes, to spend their holidays or to conduct business...
Dangers to life on the coast Already half the world’s population lives within 60 km of the sea, and most large cities are found on the coast. But life on the coast now comes at a high cost, with a...
still water in the foreground with tall green mangroves in the back
Climate mitigation and adaptation are a country’s most pressing actions in the face of a looming global climate crisis –with catastrophic...
With the adoption of the Paris Agreement, governments re-affirmed the importance of sustaining and restoring healthy ecosystems, including coastal areas, for their climate mitigation benefits. Faced...
There is an urgent need to address the global degradation of coastal ecosystems, but are mass mangrove planting initiatives sustainable? 
In recent years, hundreds and sometimes thousands of volunteers have been involved in mass mangrove planting efforts, gaining media recognition and even earning entries into the Guinness Book of...
Our existence depends on flows of goods and services delivered by a stock of natural resources – our ‘natural’ capital. But as we have degraded the...
People have long depended on natural systems for our survival and development, nowhere more visible than in our history of extracting minerals and fuel products. However, we have also started to see...
BGCI was recently part of an expedition with University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum to collect seeds of Betula chichibuensis, a Critically Endangered tree from Japan.
Have you ever asked yourself, “what kind of tree is this?” Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has – 60,065 times.  BGCI just created a...
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the organisation that represents the world’s botanic gardens, engaged scores of experts from botanical institutions across the world over two years...

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