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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.


    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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    • Man holding seedling with others looking at him Photo: TRI / FAO

      TRI restoration work featured in Unasylva


      The Restoration Initiative features in the latest issue of FAO's Unasylva publication on restoration. The issue, Restoring the Earth – The Next Decade, showcases forest landscape restoration opportunities and recent developments that have the...

    • Seedling on right and words on left. blue sky Photo: IUCN

      Nature+ Accelerator Fund ready for investors


      IUCN and partners launch novel fund to drive investment to nature-based solutions

    • men in forest talking Photo: IUCN / TRI China

      A new restoration approach for a state forest farm in China


      INTERVIEW: Wang Hui, a Senior Forestry Engineer in China, shares his thoughts on incorporating the forest landscape restoration approach in the established Mulan State Forest Farm.  He envisions an innovative way of operating...

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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.


    view along a sandy beach with water and mangroves on left Photo: IUCN / James Oliver

    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...
    looking straight up a big tree from the ground Photo: iStock / IUCN

    Raising the profile of primary forests including intact forest landscapes

    Although restored or even degraded forests can offer some degree of environmental and ecological functionality, they fall short of delivering the full and robust suite of benefits provided by primary forests including intact forest landscapes – forests free of significant human...

    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...

    Quick reads

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

    Issues brief -  Palm oil and biodiversity Photo: IUCN

    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...
    Thumbnail_CC and Forests issues brief Photo: IUCN

    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...
    Deforestation-Forest Degradation Issues Brief_thumbnail Photo: IUCN

    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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