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
Advancing knowledge of “jurisdictional approaches” to responsible commodity production
Jurisdictional approaches are exciting the global agriculture and conservation communities.
Pandas in the Wild
Traveling the globe for forests and climate
Interview with Arief Data Kusuma, WWF-Indonesia
The paths to reducing deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
Emissions from deforestation and land use change make up the majority of Peru’ contributions to ...
Green Climate Fund approves historic $500 million for forest sector results-based payments
GCF Board adopted the terms of reference for the REDD+ Results-Based Payments pilot program