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.


Forests bring hope


for new life

500 million

hectares show potential for forest landscape restoration

from old life

up to 70 %

more CO2 sequestered by primary forests than degraded forests

for our lives

2.4 billion

people depend on forests and wood for energy 

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.


  • Lagodekhi Protected Areas, Georgia Photo: Caucasus Nature Fund

    Financing forest landscape restoration in Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia


    Forest landscape restoration transforms degraded and deforested areas into multi-functional and healthy landscapes with the aim of bringing multiple benefits to people and nature. Countries in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia have committed to...

  • Mangroves are an important but fragile ecosystem Photo: Maxwell Ridgway / Unsplash

    IUCN Standard to boost impact of nature-based solutions to global challenges


    Gland, Switzerland, 23 July 2020 (IUCN) – IUCN today unveiled a Global Standard providing the first-ever set of benchmarks for nature-based solutions to global challenges. The new IUCN Global Standard will help governments, business and civil society ensure...

  • farmer explains her work on her farm to a group Photo: IUCN / Corbett Nash

    The Restoration Initiative Year in Review 2019


    The Restoration Initiative Year in Review 2019, detailing progress and stories from the first year implementation of The Restoration Initiative (TRI) programme is now available online. With support from the Global Environment Facility, this pathbreaking...

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