Explore the relationship between forests and several key themes critical to sustainability and the health of our future ecosystems.
80% of terrestrial species live in forests.
We are currently undergoing the sixth great mass extinction of species. Human activity is driving extinction at a rate 1,000 to 10,000 times beyond natural levels. Protecting forest habitats is key to protecting our planet’s remaining biodiversity.
Forests are critical homes to plant and animal species. In turn, species that live within forests play an important role in maintaining forest health.
Drivers of change
Changes to forested habitats can lead to the extinction of the species that depend on them. With fewer species, the resilience of the entire food chain suffers.
Failure to protect critical wildlife areas from deforestation means the loss of biodiversity and extinction of endangered species.
Protecting forest habitats is key to maintaining biodiversity. With better data on where tree cover loss in important biodiversity areas is happening, governments can make more informed decisions related to concessions and conservation projects and civil society can call attention to areas at risk.