Forests and climate are intrinsically linked: forest loss and degradation is both a cause and an effect of our changing climate.
The agriculture, forestry and land-use sectors account for about a quarter of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are the largest sources after cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships combined. By reducing forest loss, we can reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. It's that simple.
As deforestation and forest degradation have such a significant impact on climate change, reducing forest loss can have multiple benefits for ecosystems and people. These include cutting greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon, providing other ecosystems services, and maintaining intact, functioning forests that have the best chance of withstanding climate change.
Read WWF's final statement on the Paris agreement
"Be it a large country like Brazil or a small country like Guatemala, be it the AIDESEP indigenous federation of Peru or the private company Mondelēz, we must encourage and recognize the leadership of all actors to support a development model that values the multiple goods and services that forests provide."
Marco Lambertini, WWF Director General, speaking at the forest day at COP21
REPORTS FROM WWF AND PARTNERS
- INDC Analysis: An Overview of the Forest Sector
- The Forest Opportunity: Where Partnerships Can Support Targets and Go Further
- Forest Reference Level Submissions under REDD+
- REDD+ for People and Nature: scaling up participatory mapping into jurisdictional REDD+ in DRC
- The Little Sustainable Landscapes Book
- Citizen science takes aim at deforestation
Forest & climate news
Interview with Ugan Manandhar, WWF-Nepal
Climate connections in Nepal
Reducing Risks, Ending Deforestation
Saving Forests for the Common Good
Success will depend on collaboration.
Thinking Bigger to Save the World’s Forests
How do jurisdictional approaches work? Who is involved and what strategies are being used?
Interview with Lou Leonard, WWF-US
Through the climate lens