Forests are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But they, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.


Forests bring hope


for new life

500 million

hectares show potential for forest landscape restoration

from old life

up to 70 %

more CO2 sequestered by primary forests than degraded forests

for our lives

2.4 billion

people depend on forests and wood for energy 

How we engage

IUCN works to build sustainable landscapes, protect primary forests and advance the rights of forest communities. Through its forest initiatives, IUCN helps countries implement effective forest and land-use policies, achieve national priorities and meet international commitments on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.

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    Aquaculture and Nature-based Solutions: new report


    A new report from the AquaCoCo project works to identify synergies between sustainable development of coastal  communities, aquaculture, and marine and coastal conservation. It examines the emerging concept of Nature-based Solutions (NbS)...

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    Request for Proposals (RfP) - Nature-based Solutions Project Design Consultant


    IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia invites individuals, teams of experts, or consulting companies to submit a Proposal for the consultancy requiring services for a Project Design Consultant in the frame of the ADAPT project. 

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    Request for Proposals (RfP) Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant


    IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia invites qualified experts to submit Proposals for the individual consultancy of a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant in the frame of the ADAPT project.

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Case studies: Primary forests including intact forest landscapes

A comparative look at 11 case studies on primary forests including intact forest landscapes.


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The Bonn Challenge

The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2020 and 350 million by 2030.


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Mangrove restoration

Mangroves are critical coastal ecosystems that impact our lives. They nourish biodiversity as nursery grounds for many coastal and marine species and support fisheries. They buffer coastal communities against extreme weather events such as hurricanes, stabilise coastlines and slow or...

Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)

The Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), produced by IUCN and the World Resources Institute (WRI), provides a flexible and affordable framework for countries to rapidly identify and analyse areas that are primed for forest landscape restoration (FLR) and to identify...

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

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Palm oil and biodiversity

Palm oil is derived from the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), which is native to West Africa and grows best in tropical climates with abundant water. Three-quarters of total palm oil produced...
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Forests and climate change

Forests are a stabilising force for the climate. They regulate ecosystems, protect biodiversity, play an integral part in the carbon cycle, support livelihoods, and supply goods and services that can...
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Deforestation and forest degradation

Deforestation and forest degradation are the biggest threats to forests worldwide. Deforestation occurs when forests are converted to non-forest uses, such as agriculture and road construction....
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