Forests

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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  • In the spotlight:

    Voices on Forests

    To celebrate 2017’s International Day of Forests (21 March), IUCN launched a yearlong video series called Voices on Forests spotlighting the expertise of thought-leaders on the issues, science and events around forests. Check #VoicesOnForests often, and join in on the effort.   

  • In the spotlight:

    Introducing InfoFLR

    InfoFLR is your first stop for news, resources, and updates on forest landscape restoration (FLR) around the world. You’ll find country profiles highlighting domestic targets and policies related to restoration, gain access to tools including the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), and catch up on global initiatives like the Bonn Challenge. And we're just getting started.

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    Voices of the future: Involving youth in restoration

    18.04.2017

    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 harnessing their knowledge and skills to tackle some of the world's most pressing issues.

  • Mangroves in Cambodia

    What are mangroves worth? There’s no easy answer

    12.04.2017

    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 planet’s ecosystems, we’ve lost huge stocks of this natural capital and we are starting to feel the pinch.

  • 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.

    Centuries of tree taxonomy informs today’s restoration

    06.04.2017

    Have you ever asked yourself, “what kind of tree is this?” Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has – 60,065 times.  BGCI just created a database called GlobalTreeSearch to help answer this question, and to support global research,...

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