Sustaining Forests for People and Planet
WRI develops data-driven research, tools and global partnerships to safeguard, maintain and restore forests and other natural landscapes.
Forests provide food, medicines, wood, fiber and employment. They moderate freshwater flows, clean the air and influence regional precipitation. They provide a home to 70 million Indigenous People and harbor the most biodiversity on the planet. And when left standing, forests play a critical role in the fight against climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
But forests and other natural landscapes like wetlands, peatlands and savannahs — and their ability to provide vast benefits to people, nature and climate — are under threat. The expansion of agriculture, mining, timber extraction and other unsustainable practices is destroying and degrading forests and other ecosystems around the world.
Data reveals 7% of tropical primary rainforest has been lost just since the turn of the century. In 2022, the world lost 4.1 million hectares of tropical primary rainforests — areas of critical importance areas of critical importance for livelihoods, carbon storage and biodiversity — equivalent to a rate of 11 football pitches a minute.
people rely on forests for livelihoods
Forests and nature-based solutions can deliver one-third of global emissions reductions needed by 2030
WRI aims to conserve and restore forests and other natural landscapes for benefits as diverse as cultural identity, livelihoods, water security, wood supply, biodiversity and carbon capture.
We work with civil society, governments and the private sector to ensure natural landscapes are governed fairly and managed sustainably. We support radical transparency and open access to the latest data and cutting-edge monitoring technology, so that all actors can be held accountable for actions that impact forests and nature. We partner with governments, entrepreneurs, investors and experts to build the social and financial conditions for conserving natural landscapes and restoring degraded ones. And we produce groundbreaking research to shed light on important forest and land issues and aid in better decision-making.
Open Timber Portal
The Open Timber Portal (OTP) promotes compliance with legal requirements in timber harvest and trade by compiling information from governments, private sector and third-party forest monitors in producer countries.Part of Forest Legality