We all need healthy forests

Forests are home to more than half of all species found on land, a rich variety of life that keeps many of our most vital natural systems running – from keeping our climate stable by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, to regulating our water supply and improving its quality.

Over one billion people live in and around forests and depend on them for fuel, food and medicines. And all of us use wood in our daily lives, from the chair we sit on to the paper we use.

Unfortunately, human impacts have already led to the loss of around 40% of the world’s forests. And we’re losing forests at a rate of 10 million hectares per year. Halting deforestation, protecting and sustainably managing forests, and restoring forests have never been more urgent.

What can you do?

The forest crisis in numbers

1/2: Forests are home to almost half the species on land.
1 billion: Over 1 billion people live in and around forests.
10 million: Every year, 10 million hectares of forest is destroyed.
40%: Human impacts have destroyed around 40% of forests.
Human impact: Commercial agriculture is the largest driver of deforestation, followed by subsistence agriculture.



We want to see a world where forests are properly valued for the many benefits they provide for people, economies and nature. And we know it’s possible.

With better protection, forests can continue to provide a welcome home for wildlife and provide resources for indigenous peoples and local communities. Globally, they can keep delivering essential services such as climate stability and clean water. With better management, we can meet the growing demand for wood products without damaging the local environment. And with better planning, we can produce enough food for growing populations without having to convert forests to farmland.

We can even go further, by replanting and restoring forests that have been destroyed or degraded. This can help address climate change, extend and reconnect wildlife habitats, and reduce problems like flooding and erosion. 

"The value of forests cannot be underestimated. From carbon storage to cultural diversity, forests impact us in more ways than we can imagine. "

Fran Price, Forest Practice Lead

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What we're doing

Forests have been at the heart of WWF’s work for half a century - we’ve supported the creation of protected areas, helped move the forest sector towards sustainability and transparency; and we’re working across the world to halt deforestation, help restore forests and put deforestation-free commitments into action.

Working with local communities

We're collaborating with communities to design locally led solutions and supporting them to take control of their forest resources.

Helping business become forest-friendly

We're working with multinational businesses to ensure their supply chains are forest-friendly and that companies take action to meet their zero-deforestation commitments.

Changing legislation to support forests

We're influencing governments' climate and development plans, and encouraging investment in restoring forests

The WWF Forests Team

WWF works across the world to halt deforestation and forest degradation, protect and sustainably manage forests and restore forest landscapes. Leading the team – called the WWF Forests Practice – is Fran Raymond Price, who has spent her career working to protect forests and improve forestry around the globe. 

Fran Raymond Price, Forest Practice Leader

Our Global Goal

By 2030, we’re working to end deforestation, protect and improve the management of the world’s forests, and help restore forest landscapes across the world.


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