14 facts you need to know
If we don’t conserve forests, how will we clean the air, store carbon and purify water — for the entire planet?
Forests — including mangroves, tropical forests, boreal forests and more — cover 30 percent of the Earth’s land surface. That’s more than the total area of Russia, Canada and the United States combined. Tweet this fact »
Forests next to rivers and streams act as “living filters” by absorbing sediments and storing and transforming excess nutrients and pollutants — reducing nitrogen concentration by up to 90 percent and phosphorous by as much as 50 percent. Tweet this fact »
Nature = 30% of the solution
Tropical forests are remarkably effective at carbon sequestration — providing up to 30% of the global action needed to stop climate change. Despite this, of all funding devoted to stopping climate change, nature-based solutions receive only 2% of it. Tweet this fact »
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Indigenous peoples protect vital forests
Worldwide, forests that are under stewardship of indigenous people contain more than 55 trillion metric tons of carbon — more than 1,200 times the amount of carbon humans emit into the atmosphere every year. Tweet this fact »
Better to protect mature trees
An acre of mature rainforest sequesters more carbon than newly planted or growing trees. One study found that, on average, an acre of mature rainforest stores 34 tons of carbon dioxide more than an acre of growing rainforest over a 20 year period. Tweet this fact »
Thank you, Norway
Norway is the first country to stop clear-cutting its boreal forests. Tropical forests are less fortunate: At current rates of deforestation, Earth’s rainforests could be completely gone in 100 years. Tweet this fact »
Finding nature-based solutions that protect forests and support the well-being of humans is critical — Conservation International (CI)’s global forest strategy can help communities adapt to climate change impacts; produce better agricultural yields that prevent more deforestation; and support stronger and more sustainable livelihoods.
In Amazonia, CI is working to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. And in communities around the world, CI is implementing REDD+ projects that encourage communities to stop the degradation and deforestation of forests in exchange for training, investment and other benefits.
Conservation International is working to achieve zero net deforestation in Amazonia by 2020 to protect essential resources such as freshwater and carbon storage; help vulnerable communities adapt to the impacts of climate change; and increase prosperity for local people.
The landmark Paris Agreement explicitly endorsed a nature-based initiative called REDD+ (“red plus”), short for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation,” which provides financial incentives for communities and countries to keep forests standing, thus reducing carbon emissions caused by deforestation.
“Natural capital” is the source of the benefits that nature provides, such as fresh water, flood control and forest products (including cancer-treating drugs and other medicines). Determining the location of essential natural capital is the first step in helping a country account for the full value of nature and incorporate that into its sustainable development plans.
Natural capital supports human and financial capital: When climate change threatens nature, societies and economies are threatened, too. Conservation International is helping businesses quantify their impacts and reliance on natural capital to ensure can continue to provide into the future.
CI works with San Martín’s indigenous peoples, exchanging traditional and science-based knowledge to help develop sustainable forestry practices. Our initiatives are designed to enhance the benefits nature provides that are essential to sustain agriculture, tourism, energy and other economic activities.
WE NEED FORESTS TO SURVIVE — AND THRIVE. HELP US PROTECT THEM.
No amount of innovation or technology can replace the life-giving functions that forests provide for people and the planet. In fact, it’s easier to save forests than to replace them. You can help protect an acre now for only $25.