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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.


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  • Photo: ©IUCN/Kasukura Nyamaka

    Roadmap to Tanzania’s first miombo nature reserve

    20.03.2019

    Blog by Kasukura Nyamaka. My work for SUSTAIN is based in the far western region of Tanzania, in the Sumbawanga cluster of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). It is a resource-rich region inhabited mainly by the Fipa people...

  • Photo: IUCN / Corbett Nash

    The Restoration Initiative: A chance to learn from one another

    14.03.2019

    The largest-to-date Global Environment Facility supported programme to restore degraded lands kicked off in Naivasha, Kenya, where over 50 programme partners gathered for a 5-day knowledge sharing and planning workshop. The workshop offered the first real-...

  • hand over map Photo: IUCN / Craig Beatty

    Restoration without borders in West Africa

    12.03.2019

    West Africa remains one of the most biologically rich places on the planet, containing more than 9000 species of plants, a thousand species of butterflies, and is among the global hotspots for mammal diversity. Other species follow suit to make these...

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