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Sustainable use of forests

Forests are an amazingly rich natural resource, but they have to be properly valued and responsibly managed. We work with producers and consumers to promote sustainable use of the world’s forest resources - protecting livelihoods for forest communities as well as conserving forests and their biodiversity for current and future generations.

Finished, processed certified wood stacked and labelled with details of species and final destination.

Every year, millions of hectares of natural virgin forest are destroyed to meet the growing global demand for wood, paper and agricultural products. At current rates we risk the permanent loss of these forests and the valuable benefits they provide.

We’re fighting on two fronts to end unsustainable use of forests:

Working with forest-related industries
We’re helping improve forest management through partnerships like our Global Forest and Trade Network, negotiating with the timber trade and others. We also promote forest certification through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and are helping to build the market for sustainable forest products.

Through our forest campaign, we're calling on businesses to commit to responsible forest trade, and join us in our call to outlaw the import of all illegal timber and wood products into the EU, and to put in place mechanisms to enable the market to transition to a trade in 100% sustainable timber by 2020. 

2) Changing buying habits
The purchasing choices we all make every day can help to conserve forests. Whether you're a shopper, a retailer or a local authority, find out what wood and paper products don't destroy the world's forests. 

But it goes beyond wood - many other everyday items in our shops may be by-products of deforestation across the world. That’s why, for example, we also promote sustainable soya and sustainable palm oil.

Stop Forests Disappearing

Our forest campaign

Our new campaign aims to work with business to commit to responsible forest trade to help end deforestation around the world.

Rio Negro Forest Reserve, Brazil

Global Forest and Trade Network

WWF-UK’s Global Forest and Trade Network is a partnership between WWF and businesses to promote responsible management of the world’s forests through trade and influence.

The FSC logo shows a product has been sourced sustainably

Forest certification

Find out why we recommend the FSC certification scheme - giving you confidence that you’re buying responsible wood and paper products.

Logs at FSC certified Pallisco logging company, East province, Cameroon

Illegal and unsustainable logging

Find out why the illegal timber trade is a huge global problem, and how we’re helping fight it - and how even some 'legal' logging is irresponsible or poorly managed.

Soybeans, Paraná, Brazil

Sustainable soya and sustainable palm oil

One of the biggest causes of deforestation is conversion of forested land to agricultural uses, like growing soya (for farm animal feed) or palm oil (for food and cosmetics).