Conserve the world's most important forests to sustain nature's diversity, benefit our climate, and support human well-being
Why It Matters
People Depend on Forests
Deforestation can disrupt the lives of local communities, sometimes with devastating consequences. Forests provide a vast array of resources to all of us, including food, wood, medicine, fresh water, and the air we breathe. Without the trees, the ecosystem that supports the human population can fall apart.
Forest trees and other plants soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it away as they grow and thrive. Tropical forests alone hold more than 210 gigatons of carbon, seven times the amount emitted each year by human activities.
Eighty percent of the world’s known terrestrial plant and animal species can be found in forests, and tropical rainforests are home to more species than any other terrestrial habitat. A square kilometer of forest may be home to more than 1,000 species.
What WWF Is Doing
- Kerry Cesareo Senior Vice President, Forests
- Linda K. Walker Director, Responsible Forestry and Trade
- Colby Loucks Vice President, Wildlife Conservation Program
- Meg Symington Managing Director, Amazon
- Kate Newman Vice President, Forest and Freshwater Public Sector Initiatives
- Amy Smith Deputy Director, Forests
- Erin Simon Director, Sustainability R&D
- Nirmal Bhagabati Lead Natural Capital Scientist, Forest Team, Natural Capital
- Josefina Braña Varela Senior Director, Forest and Climate Program
- Lloyd Gamble Director, Forests and Climate
- Christopher Holtz Vice President, Earth for Life
- Pablo Pacheco Global Forest Lead Scientist
- Stephanie Cappa Deputy Director, Policy and Government Affairs