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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.

  • 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
  • Amazon Protections Take Flight

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    Evolving efforts to save the world’s largest rain forest
    birds in flight
  • Income Property

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2013
    Family, business and a long-term view of the land
    bob and jean
  • In Borneo's Forests, Impacts and Opportunities

    June 03, 2013

    WWF is working to reduce deforestation in Borneo through promoting Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of wood and paper products.

    Borneo orangutan
  • Good News for Mountain Gorillas

    November 13, 2012

    A population increase for mountain gorillas is proof that the intense and innovative efforts of the conservation community are bringing positive change. A recent census by the Uganda Wildlife Authority identified 400 mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park bringing the overall population estimate to 880, an increase from the 786 estimated in 2010.

    Congo Basin Gorilla
  • Peru Takes Major Step for Amazon Conservation

    October 31, 2012

    There is new and critical protection for wildlife and indigenous communities in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. The government of Peru designated three new Amazon protected areas-encompassing nearly 1.5 million acres-securing a tri-national conservation corridor.

    Peru Amazon
  • New Transboundary Corridor Established for Tigers

    October 22, 2012

    On October 18, 2012, Russia established the “Sredneussuriisky” Wildlife Refuge—covering nearly 180,000 acres—which will allow Amur tigers access between Russia’s Sikhote-Alin mountains and the Wandashan mountains in China.

    Amur Tiger Yawning