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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
When trees are illegally or irresponsibly logged, forest ecosystems are weakened. Their ability to store carbon, shelter wildlife, filter water, and to provide food, products, and jobs for people is compromised. Global forest loss also leads to more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere—more than comes from all cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships in the world. But when forests thrive, they absorb carbon dioxide—and slow climate change.
Forests are one of the largest storehouses of carbon. REDD+ helps create a world in which carbon emissions are reduced and people can more easily adapt to climate change.
Forests are being chipped away by a thousand cuts—due to agricultural expansion, unsustainable logging, extractive industries like mining, and the roads that open forested lands to development.
REDD+ takes all of the strategies WWF uses to protect forests and magnifies them.
Today, WWF's role includes helping to get funding earmarked for REDD+ programs, creating and implementing REDD+ strategies, and tackling the main drivers of deforestation and degradation.
WWF has been protecting forests for decades. We’ve conducted research into their importance, helped create new protected areas, and fostered community and corporate efforts to maximize their value for nature and people.
REDD+ recognizes and respects the rights of forest-dependent indigenous and local communities, and contributes to equitable development by strengthening their access to, and ownership of, sustainable economic opportunities.
The more forests there are to store carbon, the less greenhouse gas there is to contribute to ocean acidification and to other changes in climate that raise sea levels and water temperatures, and degrade marine ecosystems.
REDD+ helps maintain and enhance biodiversity within forests, where more than 80% of terrestrial species live.
Well-managed natural forests almost always provide higher-quality water, which is key to improving the sustainability of freshwater systems in the world’s major river basins.