The world is off track to protect and restore forests by 2030. Fortunately, there’s still time to get back on course and meet global goals. WWF’s Forest Pathways report shows how the scale of failed action on the world’s forests is leading to an alarming increase in deforestation. It also shows it’s possible to halt deforestation, sustainably manage forests, and restore them in ways that benefit humanity and nature.
In the summer of 2019, WWF launched an emergency fund in response to the fires raging in the Amazon. In the summer of 2019, WWF launched an emergency fund in response to the fires raging in the Amazon. At their peak in August, there were 30,901 fire outbreaks recorded – three times that of August 2018.
The causes, pace, and magnitude of deforestation and forest degradation have changed over time. The way that different deforestation drivers are connected and the effects they have on forest ecosystems vary across regions. While progress has been made in halting forest loss and degradation, both continue at alarming rates. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of deforestation, connecting drivers and responses on a global scale.
WWF has formed an emergency fund to drive critical resources to the people at the front lines of the dramatic fires, specifically to local civil society organizations that represent and work with indigenous peoples and local communities to protect the Amazon.
The importance of biodiversity below the forest canopy is often underappreciated, and yet it is a crucial component of healthy functioning forest ecosystems. Below the Canopy: Plotting Global Trends in Forest Wildlife Populations is the first-ever global assessment of forest-dwelling wildlife populations and highlights the multitude of threats forest-living species are facing.
The majority of the timber from Peru is harvested illegally. The new National Pact for Legal Wood represents an unprecedented opportunity to address major challenges in the country’s forestry sector and to create the conditions needed to develop a domestic market for legal Peruvian wood.
Brazil is home to the Amazon and other vital ecosystems that support diverse wildlife. This report provides guidance to agribusinesses, banks, policymakers, and other stakeholders that want to better understand Brazil’s new Forest Code so that they can promote, regulate, produce, consume, export, or import Brazilian agricultural products that comply with this law designed to protect its natural resources.
Forests in the Amazon are increasingly threatened by illegal and unsustainable logging. Each year the Amazon’s forests are reduced by as much as 27,000 km2—roughly the size of Massachusetts. As the world’s top importer of forest products, the United States contributes significantly to this deforestation and forest degradation through increased market demand for high value commercial species, including mahogany and Spanish cedar.
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