Human society and the global economy are inextricably linked to forests. More than 1 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. And forest ecosystems play a critical role in stabilizing the climate; providing food, water, wood products, and vital medicines; and supporting much of the world’s biodiversity.
Despite decreased deforestation rates in some regions, forest ecosystems are still under great threat. According to WRI research, 30 percent of global forest cover has been cleared, while another 20 percent has been degraded. Most of the rest has been fragmented, leaving only about 15 percent intact.
WRI works with governments, businesses, and civil society to sustain forests for future generations. We aim to curb deforestation worldwide and help to restore and reforest already-cleared land.
WRI’s Global Forest Watch initiative uses the most advanced satellite data and crowd-sourced information to track deforestation throughout the world in near-real-time. Our Global Restoration Initative initiative identifies ways to restore trees and productivity to deforested and degraded lands. Our Forest Legality Alliance helps businesses eliminate illegally sourced woods from their supply chains. And we develop policy recommendations to ensure effective and inclusive governance of the world’s forest resources.
The mapping application unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.
Global Forest Watch launched on February 20, 2014, convening government and corporate leaders to explore how governments, businesses...
Restoring lost forests and degraded lands is essential for human livelihoods and well-being, long-term food security, climate stability, and biodiversity conservation. In order to counteract land degradation and to improve livelihoods, we need to restore forests and increase the productivity of...
Publications & Resources
This infographic is based on research included in Scaling up Regreeningdata visualization
A Practical Approach to Forest and Landscape Restorationpublication
Pathways For Scaling up the Inclusion of Ecosystem Value in Decision Makingpublication