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Forests

When a forest is lost anywhere, people feel it everywhere.

© Benjamin Drummond

Forests make life possible

1 in 4 depend on forests

1 in 4 people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods.

120 prescription drugs

As many as 120 prescription drugs worldwide derive directly from plants found in forests.

11% greenhouse gas emissions

Deforestation accounts for 11 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

What we do

The challenge

The world has lost nearly half its forests for agriculture, development or resource extraction. Yet the value of the benefits that standing forests provide is immense: Tropical forests alone account for at least 30 percent of the global mitigation action needed to halt climate change. Yet this value remains largely invisible.

The vision

Conservation International strives to protect tropical forests around the world, working directly with the communities who live in, and depend on, these forests. Through science, policy and partnerships, we work to show that forests are worth more standing than cut down.

Help Protect Forests

People need forests. Protect an acre for $25, and you help create a healthier, more productive planet for nature and for people.

How we work

Conservation International uses a science-based approach to prioritize the most important forests and the benefits they provide; to quantify the value of those benefits for decision-makers; to protect them sustainably for the long term; and to monitor their ongoing protection and health.​

Three men looking at a map of Ghana.
© Benjamin Drummond

Prioritize

Conservation International teams with local partners, communities and experts to identify and map the world’s “natural capital” — the ecosystems that provide the most benefits to humanity. The world’s forests are key stores of this natural capital, as they regulate climate, harbor biodiversity and regulate water flows.​

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Park ranger in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, Peru.
© Adrián Portugal

Value

Knowing the economic value of the benefits that forests provide can make forests’ contribution to livelihoods and economies visible, enabling smarter decisions. Conservation International has developed innovative ways to quantify the value of forests so that countries and companies can measure their impact — and reliance — on forests.

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Community rangers running a drill in Chyulu Hills, Kenya
© Charlie Shoemaker

Protect

Conservation International employs an array of tools and approaches to create long-term protections for forest ecosystems and the benefits they provide, including livelihoods and community well-being.

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Badru Mugerwa and Lawrence Tumugabirwe set camera trap in Kenya
© Benjamin Drummond

Monitor

Around the world, Conservation International monitors forests to both ensure their health and to ensure the long-term success of our work. Monitoring serves as an early-warning system for destructive trends and helps us target conservation efforts.

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