Saving Forests with REDD+
Why It Matters
When forests fall, they become sources of harmful greenhouse gases instead of carbon “sinks.” They account for approximately 15 percent of global carbon emissions. This is more than the total emissions from all cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships in the world.
More responsibly-managed forests means more wildlife in those habitats, where approximately 80 percent of terrestrial species live.
If more carbon is stored in forests, then less greenhouse gas is present to contribute to ocean acidification. This also means fewer changes in climate; climate change can raise sea levels and water temperatures, and degrade marine ecosystems.
Well-managed natural forests almost always provide higher quality water—with less sediment and fewer pollutants—than water from other catchments. Cleaner fresh water resources improves life for people and wildlife.
Healthy forests are essential to people. Indigenous and forest-dependent people, in particular, often rely on healthy forests to earn a living and provide their families with food, water and firewood.