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.

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    Building a community of practices on Nature-based Solutions in North Africa - PPI-OSCAN


    Civil society associations from North Africa in Libya, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, are promoting "Nature-based Solutions" interventions to adapt their ecosystems, protect their local biodiversity while facing societal challenges.  Learn...

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    New bio-economy taking root in forests


    The current way many people use nature to produce products such as food, cosmetics or clothing is by almost any measure, untenable. What needs to happen to transform our global economy into one based on the sustainable use of biological resources? Roy Parizat...

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    Renaissance d'une aire protégée en République Démocratique du Congo


    Aire protégée de catégorie V et VI, le Domaine de Chasse et Réserve à Hippopotame de Mangaï en RDC dispose d’un nouveau plan d’aménagement et de gestion grâce à la conduite d’un processus participatif et inclusif approfondi.

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Mangrove restoration

Mangroves are critical coastal ecosystems that impact our lives. They nourish biodiversity as nursery grounds for many coastal and marine species and support fisheries. They buffer coastal communities against extreme weather events such as hurricanes, stabilise coastlines and slow or...
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Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)

The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN and the World Resources Institute (WRI), provides a flexible and affordable framework for countries to rapidly identify and analyse areas that are primed for forest landscape restoration (FLR) and to identify...
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ECCA30 launch at UN Climate Action Week

New forest landscape restoration initiative in Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia to launch 22 September at UN Climate Action Week in New York. ECCA countries will bring 30 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2030.


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The Bonn Challenge

The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million by 2030.


Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

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Palm oil and biodiversity

Palm oil is derived from the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), which is native to West Africa and grows best in tropical climates with abundant water. Three-quarters of total palm oil produced...
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Forests and climate change

Forests are a stabilising force for the climate. They regulate ecosystems, protect biodiversity, play an integral part in the carbon cycle, support livelihoods, and supply goods and services that can...
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Deforestation and forest degradation

Deforestation and forest degradation are the biggest threats to forests worldwide. Deforestation occurs when forests are converted to non-forest uses, such as agriculture and road construction....
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