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What is forest degradation and why is it bad for people and wildlife?

When a forest is degraded it still exists, but it can no longer function well. It becomes a shell of its former self; its health declines until it can no longer support people and wildlife by, for example, filtering the air we breathe and water we drink or providing animals with food and places to live.

  • 7 Products You Didn’t Know Come from Trees

    April 08, 2015

    Forests give us so much—fresh air, clean water, wildlife and tranquil surroundings. But—as some of you probably know—the trees that grow in these forests also provide us with many products we use in our everyday life. From paper towels and toilet paper, to the wooden coffee tables we place our newspapers and magazines on, products from trees are all around us.

    rubber tapping
  • 10 Species that Hug Trees

    April 02, 2015

    Eighty percent of the world’s known terrestrial plant and animal species can be found in forests. Cool fact: a square kilometer of forest may be home to more than 1,000 species. Yet forests are disappearing at an alarming rate—18.7 million acres of forests annually, equivalent to 27 soccer fields every minute. Check out these species that hug trees.

    monarch butterfly in tree
  • A Plan to Save the Great Apes of Central Africa

    March 31, 2015

    Gorilla and chimpanzee populations in Central Africa continue to decline due to poaching, habitat loss and disease. National parks and reserves in six range countries protect only 21 percent of western lowland gorillas and central chimpanzees, according to a new report.

    chimpanzee
  • How Nepal Got to Zero Poaching

    February 03, 2015

    In February 2015, Nepal will host the first symposium focused on getting to zero poaching. Delegates from more than 13 Asian countries representing conservation agencies, police and prosecution services will share best practices, tools and technologies that can be used to respond to the poaching crisis.

    antipoaching patrol
  • Price of Toilet Paper for the Planet

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2015
  • Alternatives to Wood

    January 13, 2015

    Trees are cut down at a rapid rate to meet the demand for products we all use. Some are products that often are on our weekly shopping lists, such as toilet paper, diapers and tissues. What if we used something other than newly-harvested trees to create these products?

    Forest
  • History of Nepal Conservation

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    Small country, big impact
  • Tree Kangaroo: Facts About These Declining Species

    October 07, 2014

    Tree kangaroos inhabit the lowland and mountainous rainforests of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the far north of Queensland, Australia. Living up in the foliage, these species looks like a cross between a kangaroo and a lemur.

    tree kangaroo portrait
  • Amazon River Cruise

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    The sounds and silences of floating down the Amazon
    boat in amazon
  • How Can We Help Mountain Gorillas Deal With Climate Change?

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    Which traits of mountain gorillas might allow them to tolerate or respond to rapidly changing climate conditions, and how can WWF help?
    Family of gorillas
  • What's Behind the FSC Logo?

    September 18, 2014

    When you see that symbol, you don’t have to wonder whether pristine forests were destroyed to make the product or whether the workers wielding chainsaws were paid a living wage. Because when you see the FSC logo, you know the product can be traced back to a company that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

    Forest where wood is harvested per FSC norms
  • Learning to Live in Harmony with Asian Elephants

    August 12, 2014

    WWF works in a number of countries in Asia to prevent and mitigate human-elephant conflict. In addition to monitoring elephant movement to understand where they travel, what they encounter and their habits as they pertain to crop raiding, we help communities employ a variety of methods to keep elephants out of human settlements and safe in the wild.

    elephant patrol
  • Forests, Pine Nuts and Tigers

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2014
    Inside the effort to save Russia's great cat
    Amur Tiger
  • marmelous group
  • A Win for Virunga

    June 11, 2014

    News that Soco will stop exploring for oil in Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga, is a monumental win for conservation and for the people who depend on the park. Virunga is home to astounding biodiversity and rare wildlife, like critically endangered mountain gorillas.

    mountain gorilla
  • Protecting the Amazon for life

    May 21, 2014

    A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 million acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected for life.

    Amazon
  • The Amazon

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    Journey into the world’s largest tropical forest—and uncover one of the biggest conservation initiatives the world has ever seen.
    Aerial View of Amazon
  • The Inner Life of Trees

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    Dendrochronologist Kathelyn Paredes Villanueva sheds light on Bolivia’s forests, one tree ring at a time
    Array of Morado tree cross sections
  • Why are sloths slow? And six other sloth facts

    March 21, 2014

    Sloths—the adorable and lethargic animals living in treetops—depend on the health and survival of Central and South American tropical forests. Take a look at some common questions about sloths.

    sloth in tree
  • Where Do Orangutans Live? And Nine Other Orangutan Facts

    February 24, 2014

    Orangutans live in the forests of Sumatra and Borneo. Learn a bit more about the species and what WWF is doing to help.

    Bornean Orangutan
  • Can Indonesia's Notorious Deforesters Turn Over a New Leaf?

    February 06, 2014

     Just over a week ago, the second-largest pulp and paper manufacturer, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) announced a change of practices and new conservation initiatives.

    drainage canal
  • Saving Amazing Landscapes From Oil and Gas Development

    February 03, 2014

    One of the largest oil and gas development companies in the world, Total SA, has committed to keeping out of all natural World Heritage Sites around the globe, including Virunga National Park. But one company that is not respecting World Heritage status is Soco International PLC, which plans to continue to explore in Virunga - home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. 

    Congo Basin, Virunga Mountains