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Forests where we work

We’re working to protect, manage and restore some of the planet’s most important forests...

A tree in the Amazon rainforest

Amazon

We’ve been working in the Amazon rainforests for more than 40 years. We’re helping Amazon countries create and manage protected areas, and we work with local communities, governments and businesses to promote development that minimises their impact on the environment.

Peat swamp forest in Nyaru Menteng. Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Borneo

The island of Borneo has lost half its forests in the last few decades. These forests are home to many globally significant species, including orang-utans, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos and clouded leopards. We’re working with the island’s governments to safeguard a huge area called the Heart of Borneo.

Tribal woman in Papua New Guinea

New Guinea

New Guinea and its islands contain the world’s third largest remaining tropical forests, which are home to as much as 8% of the planet’s species. Its wetlands are the jewel of the region. We’re defending the island’s unique wildlife, cultures and natural resources from devastating deforestation caused by illegal logging, palm oil production and other unsustainable development.

The Sikhote Alin mountains.  Amur region. Far East. Russian Federation

Amur-Heilong

The forests of the Amur-Heilong region - which includes parts of north-east China and the Russian Far East - are the last haunt of the Amur tiger, one of the world’s largest cats, and the Amur leopard, the world’s rarest big cat. Much of the forest there remains unspoilt, and we want to help keep it that way.

Canela Preta State Reserve - Waterfall. Atlantic Rainforest, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Atlantic forest, South America

The Atlantic forest, on the east coast of Brazil and into Paraguay and Argentina, is one of the most vulnerable forests in the world - but it still supports an amazing variety of life. We’re addressing the huge threats it faces from urbanisation and expanding agriculture.

Organic coffee growing, Northern Andes

Colombia

Colombia, in the north of South America, is home to over 10% of the world’s plant and animal species, and contains more species of bird than any other country. But it’s losing nearly 2,000 sq km of natural forest every year. We’re combating the causes of deforestation and defending the rights of forest communities.

Diamantina Plateau, Cerrado Ecosystem, Brazil

Cerrado, Brazil

The Cerrado’s diverse landscape is a mix of grasslands, wetlands and forest. It’s home to an amazing variety of unique plants and animals, including dozens of vulnerable and endangered species. But the Cerrado is disappearing faster than the Amazon. We’re urgently addressing the rampant threat of unsustainable soya production, grown to feed farm animals across the world.

A man cycles through the Kaya Waa sacred forest

East Africa

East Africa’s coastal forests are vitally important to both wildlife and local communities. We’re giving people support to manage their forests sustainably, protect their crops and earn a better living through alternative livelihoods - all helping to reduce pressure on forests.

Deer on a road though a forest in Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Eastern Himalayas

The Eastern Himalayas, across India, Nepal and Bhutan, are home to an amazing variety of landscapes and species. We’re restoring forest links that provide a habitat and passageway for animals, including tigers. We’re also helping people and wildlife cope with climate change, and helping communities increase their income by using their natural resources sustainably.

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Latest forest news

Fishman in Virunga

UK Government set to examine Soco’s activities in Virunga National Park

The UK Government is set to examine the activities of Soco, a London-based oil company, over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in a protected African World Heritage Site.

Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

World Heritage Sites now ‘no-go’ for Total

The United Nations agency in charge of World Heritage Sites today announced that it had received written confirmation from Total SA committing not to explore for oil or gas in wilderness areas recognized for their outstanding universal value. The French oil giant says it will not conduct “any extraction of oil or gas nor any exploration activity within the perimeter of the natural World Heritage Sites.”

Purring monkey discovered in the Amazon rainforest

 At least 441 new species of animals and plants have been discovered over the past four years in the vast, underexplored rainforest of the Amazon. The discoveries from 2010 to 2013, include a flame-patterned lizard, a bronze-legged poison dart frog, a vegetarian piranha and a monkey that purrs like a cat.

Charlotte Hawkins with Zachary Cliff

WWF and Sky discover budding ‘rainforest reporter’ in Bishop Stortford

Back in April this year, as part of our Sky Rainforest Rescue I Love Amazon Week initiative, we launched a competition to find budding young reporters who could bring to life the issues facing the Amazon Rainforest.

Virunga’s future threatened by oil - it’s time to Draw The Line

Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest national park, could be of huge long-term value to local communities - if oil extraction is kept out. That’s the conclusion of the new Dalberg report published today. UK company Soco International plc is intending to explore for oil inside this precious World Heritage Site. That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to Draw The Line, to keep oil exploration out of Virunga National Park.