We tested 73 wood products from well-known US retailers. More than half the time, the wood wasn't even the species it was labeled to be.
Sustainable Development Goal 15
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.
Forests and terrestrial ecosystems provide vital services for people and the planet, but they are under severe threat. A record 12 million hectares of tree cover was lost in the tropics in 2018, the fourth-highest annual loss since record-keeping began in 2001. Across the world, croplands are expanding, forests and natural grasslands are dwindling, and desertification is increasing.
WRI’s Forests Program helps governments, businesses and forest-dwelling communities join forces to halt deforestation, helping to protect the earth’s climate and the one billion people who rely on forests for their income, food, water and medicine. The program includes three initiatives. The Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. Global Forest Watch offers the latest data, technology and tools to empower people everywhere to protect forests. The Forest Legality Initiative works to reduce illegal logging by supporting the supply and procurement of legal and sustainable forest products.
Frances Seymour, a WRI Distinguished Senior Fellow, and Nancy Harris, Research Manager at Global Forest Watch, offer their expert perspective on tropical deforestation in the journal Science as the world's attention is riveted on fires in the Amazon and around the globe.
The thousands of fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon got global attention this week, both in the media and online, where the hashtag #prayforamazonia earned more than 150,000 mentions in one day. But what can satellite data tell us about what is really happening in Brazil’s forests?
Most communities overlook a critical tool in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions: trees. One of the reasons is that they don’t know how to account for forests and trees in their emissions inventories.
Indonesia is one of the only countries actually reducing its deforestation rates. But with the annual fires season beginning and El Niño promising fire-prone conditions, the country’s forest protection policies will be put to the test.
Deforestation rates in the Congo Basin — historically lower than in the Amazon and southeast Asia — are on the rise. It's not just a problem for the 80 million people who rely on the forests for food and livelihoods; research shows the world's second-largest rainforest regulates weather patterns across Africa.
More than 360 companies committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains by 2020. Most are not on track to meet this target, but Global Forest Watch Pro can help.
DNA evidence often implicates violent criminals. Now it can do the same for poachers harvesting wood from protected forests.