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Forests are home to over 50% of the world’s land-based animal and plant life. They directly provide food, shelter, fuel and a source of income to a billion people whose livelihoods depend on them. And forests also benefit our environment by regulating the climate and water cycles and preventing soil erosion.

But our forests are in crisis. The world has lost half its forests, and only a tenth of what remains is protected. Each year we lose another 130,000 square kilometres - an area the size of England.

We’re working around the world to protect forests against the many threats they face - from illegal logging to climate change - and to secure their long-term future.

We've launched a forest campaign to make sure that in the UK we can be sure that the products we buy are not supporting illegal and destructive logging. Find out more and add your name to tell business and government to support thriving healthy forest.

This campaign aims to help protect forests by ensuring that UK business does not contribute to deforestation through trade in timber and timber products. Businesses such as Tesco, Penguin Random House and Carillion have already pledged their support and we're calling on more businesses to join us.   

We also have hands-on involvement on the ground in lots of the forests we help protect (listed below), we’re also very active behind the scenes, lobbying and negotiating with governments to improve legislation and planning, as well as persuading large and small businesses to adopt a sustainable approach to using forest resources.

Forests where we work

Forest, Amazonas, Brazil


The world's biggest tropical rainforest - we've been working here to limit deforestation for more than 40 years.

Kayan Mentarang National Park


Third largest island on Earth, Borneo has lost half its forests - but is still uncovering amazing new species.


New Guinea

Largest pristine rainforest in Asia-Pacific, third largest in the world - with a staggering number of unique species.

Hortensia in the Atlantic rainforest

All our forest projects...

Including the Amur-Heilong forest, the Atlantic forests of Brazil and Paraguay, Colombia and the Eastern Himalayas.

Key forest issues we're working on