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Forests are home to as much as 90% of the world’s land-based animal and plant life. They directly provide food, shelter, fuel and a source of income to the 1.6 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 work in a variety of ways. There’s hands-on involvement on the ground in lots of the forests we help protect (listed below), but 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

A tree in the Amazon rainforest


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

Peat swamp forest in Nyaru Menteng. Central Kalimantan, Indonesia


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

Tribal woman in Papua New Guinea

New Guinea

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

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

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

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