Forests are vital to our planet. They provide a critical counterbalance to the carbon dioxide we release into the environment, storing as much as 50 per cent of global carbon.Â However, forests across the world are being rapidly destroyed. 13 million hectares are deforested every year.
This destruction not only means that there are fewer trees to reabsorb our emissions, but the carbon locked up in the felled trees is largely added to the atmospheric carbon.Â Deforestation causes up to 20 per cent of the world’s carbon-dioxide emissions – making it one of the largest contributors to climate change.Â
ClientEarth’s climate & forests programme has a devoted team who use science, social policy and the law to tackle the destruction of one of our greatest natural resources.Â
Our work spans all areas of forest conservation and includes banning illegal timber; halting deforestation for biofuels production; working with civil society to improve the rights of forest-dependent communities, and improving forest law and governance to ensure the success of schemes to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.
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