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Robert Frost had it right — the woods are lovely, dark and deep.


They’re our respite. Our places of peace. Our natural air filters. Our water factories. Our medicine cabinets. We literally can’t live without them.

So why are they disappearing?


Why are our forests important?

Air We Breathe

As you read this, you’re breathing, and a forest helped make it possible. That’s because forests are “the lungs of the Earth,” absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen that people need to survive. And forests’ influence goes even further: They play a critical role in managing clouds, wind, humidity, air quality and rainfall patterns.

Climate Stability

Carbon dioxide and other gases in Earth’s atmosphere trap the sun’s heat. Too little CO2, or too much of it, and the planet can’t support life. Forests help make sure the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is just right. Over hundreds of millions of years, forests have perfected the ability to capture CO2 — including much of the extra carbon generated by human activities.

Jobs And Prosperity

Nearly one in four people depends on forests for their livelihoods in some way. Every year, people trade more than US$ 300 billion worth of forest products like timber and fruits. And many forests contain the key to new medical discoveries, with nature-based products accounting for about 42% of the revenue of the world’s top-selling pharmaceuticals.

Water We Drink

Forests are nature’s water factories. They capture, store, purify and then gradually release clean water to towns and cities located downstream. When forests are lost, these factories stop humming. Erosion and sediment increases, and water flows become more unreliable — leading to greater floods, periods of low water flow and threats to drinking supplies.



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EditResult field:world’s forests lost
EditText:Deforestation and degradation
Despite their immense value, nearly half of the world’s forests have been lost. What’s worse, we’re cutting them down at greater rates each year to plant crops, graze cattle and generate income from timber and other forest products.

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When forests are cleared, they emit CO2 back into the atmosphere and put humanity on a dangerous collision course with the worst of climate change. Deforestation accounts for about 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans — comparable to the emissions from all of the cars and trucks on Earth combined.

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More than half of all tropical protected areas may be “empty forests” — containing trees but few animals as a result of overexploitation and uncontrolled hunting. As a result, animal species are in danger of extinction, tree species lose important seed dispersal, and local people lose an important supply of protein.
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CI’s solutions

For nearly three decades, CI has worked to ensure the world’s most important forests are protected for future generations. That work has helped to place nearly 40 million hectares (nearly 99 million acres) of forests under protection. We also recognize, however, that protected areas aren’t enough. The truth is that, under our current economic framework, forests are worth more cut than standing.

CI has been working to change that by making the sustainable use of forests the foundation of healthy societies around the world. We’re carrying out science that’s helping us better understand forests’ value, and we’re working with local communities to test new ways of conservation that provide more benefits to people. The lessons we’ve learned together with our partners are proving that change is indeed possible.


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EditImage Alt Text:The forest in Manú National Park. © Benjamin Drummond
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EditImage Alt Text:Santa Cruz highland forest. © Will Turner
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EditImage Alt Text:Kayapo man on top of the mountains with forest. © Cristina Mittermeier
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