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The Four Types of Forests Around the World

Forests cover one-third of the world’s land surface—more than 15.3 million square miles. Every forest is different, but some share common traits based on the local climate. In fact, every forest on the planet can fit into one of four categories.

  • Exploring the natural world through the lens of a camera

    February 15, 2019

    Three photographers who've captured slices of life in far off places share a few words about their experiences in the field to inspire us as we prepare to inspire representatives on WWF's Lobby Day.

    granchaco egrets summer2018
  • 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record

    February 06, 2019

    The US government announced 2018 as the fourth warmest year on recordand a costly one too. Learn what's happening now and what you can do to help a warming climate.

    Flood in South Florida
  • Diving for Data in the Galápagos

    February 05, 2019

    An innovative program’s ultimate goal is to help boost the “ocean economy” in the Galápagos in a sustainable way—ensuring that tourism and livelihoods can flourish while minimizing any impact on its irreplaceable ecosystem.

    sea turtle and diver Antonio Busiello WW289509
  • Meet the giants of the Pacific Ocean

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Waters between the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador attract migratory sea life, gather one of the world’s largest known populations of giant manta rays, and act serve as a whale shark breeding ground.
    Whale shark with snorkler
  • Monarch butterfly populations are on the rise

    January 30, 2019

    The latest survey of monarch butterfly habitat in Mexico is a testament to the power of conservation. This year’s survey, conducted by WWF-Mexico and partners, found monarchs in 14.94 acres of forest, up from 6.12 acres at the same time last winter.

    monarch on flower WW225154
  • How climate change could impact a beloved spice

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Vanilla has been cultivated for hundreds of years. But with most of the crop grown in places prone to extreme weather events, the market may become increasingly unpredictable as the climate changes.
    Vanilla farmers, Ambosihasina, Madagascar
  • Bizarre crustaceans make a big splash in the scientific world

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Some bizarre crustaceans have made a big splash in the scientific world. They're blind. They live in extreme deep-sea environments. And they're so hairy that they've become known as "yeti crabs."
    Illustration of kiwa puravida
  • A Galápagos community balances tourism and conservation

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Tourist boats used to flock to Floreana Island for day tours without previously booking, leaving the community unprepared. With WWF's help, residents redesigned their tourism model for the long term.
    Seal swimming underwater
  • The Long Game

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    How policy, enforcement, and earning the trust of local fishers protected one of the most diverse coastlines in the world.
    Dolphins off the coast of Ecuador
  • One way to tackle food waste? Eat more of what we grow.

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    While most loss or waste of food takes place in restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, or our own kitchens, crops that go unharvested on farms are a piece of the puzzle, too.
    Close-up of romaine lettuce
  • Gallery: Murals by Yusuke Asai

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    In collaboration with ANOMALY gallery, Japanese artist Yusuke Asai crafts his murals from an unlikely medium: soil.
    YAMATANE mural
  • A river hike in Alaska leads to a captivating moment with a bear

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    An opening in the undergrowth welcomed us, and we walked into the flowing river. Then, our group clumped together and stood still. Bears were swimming through the river looking for salmon.
    grizzly cub
  • Ambassadors to the world

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Meet WWF's Panda Ambassadors—some 200 dedicated activists across the country who are intent on using their time and talents to help save nature and wildlife.
    amb splash2 2019
  • Meet the master of camouflage, the day octopus

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Day octopuses live in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. While they aren’t endangered, these masters of disguise are often found in coral reefs—and those reefs face steep challenges.
    Day octopus
  • Carter Roberts talks with Ntayia Lema Langas about combating poachers in Kenya

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    WWF president and CEO Carter Roberts sits down to talk with Mara Conservancy senior warden Ntayia Lema Langas about restoring the biodiversity of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.
    Roberts and Langas in office
  • The Bahamas spiny lobster fishery meets the best environmental standard

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    On August 7, 2018, the Bahamian lobster fishery became the first Caribbean fishery to be MSC certified.
    Scuba diver with lobsters
  • Yolanda Kakabadse on the power of dialogue and sustainability

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Kakabadse believes that when the community is involved in conservation—when leaders and others are communicating—then they, too, will notice when something is wrong and will help make it right.
    Yolanda Kakabadse
  • First-ever 'water mower' helps clear invasive plants

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    The wetlands of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park are being overrun by a menace: Eichhornia crassipes. WWF and a cadre of engineers have built the first-ever water mower to clear these invasive plants.
    Water mower operating
  • President’s Letter: A mandate to protect nature

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    WWF, along with many colleagues and partner institutions, is focusing on 2020 as a “super year” for nature. Here's why.
    Carter Roberts
  • Tom McInerney on investing in the protection of nature

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Tom McInerney spent part of his career as an engineer and scientist at Apple and then as an engineer at Sony. Now his passion for conservation and technology influences how he invests his time.
    Colorful reef
  • WWF's Linda Walker on how forests have shaped her life

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Forests have shaped and inspired every chapter of my life.
    Linda Walker
  • Investing in conservation abroad can make the world more stable. Here's how.

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    US investment plays a critical role in helping developing nations build resilience to extreme weather and sustainably manage their wildlife and natural resources.
    Chad fisherman
  • An activist speaks out on behalf of nature after Hurricane Maria

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Hurricane Maria destroyed Ortiz’s hometown. Galvanized by her experiences, she joined WWF’s Panda Ambassador program and is educating others about the devastating impacts of climate change.
    Nicole Ortiz
  • Rubber meets the road

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    WWF is engaged in natural rubber projects in several targeted sites around the world, helping to protect forests by demonstrating how to translate broad policies into sustainable products.
    Illustration of a tire archway on a road