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FSC has joined 100+ NGOs supporting the #Together4Forests movement.
The FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure has helped Maderacre verify its positive impacts on biodiversity and carbon.
Companies committed to sustainable forest management in the Congo are doing their part to advance the life of Indigenous Peoples, like the Baaka, with dignity.
Forests regulate our climate, clean the air we breathe, and filter the water we drink. They also provide habitat for more than two-thirds of terrestrial wildlife and plants. They are one of our most important resources, offering a renewable supply of the materials and goods we need for a more sustainable future.
When we nurture forests, we fight climate change, prevent biodiversity loss, and protect workers and indigenous communities around the world.
Unfortunately, many forest areas are under attack from illegal logging and other harmful practices. More than 12 million hectares of forest are lost each year – that’s the size of about 150 tennis courts every minute.
Learn more about all the ways forests directly impact your daily life and see how forest stewardship cultivates healthier, more resilient forests worldwide.
Climate change is a defining challenge of our time. One of the most effective ways to combat climate change is with healthy, resilient forests.
Forests help regulate our climate by absorbing and retaining carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The healthier the forest, the more carbon it can capture and store.
But today, the destruction of forests accounts for at least 10 per cent of annual carbon emissions. When forests are responsibly managed so biodiversity is maintained, the plants and trees within them can extract more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and slow climate change.
Forests are incredibly diverse ecosystems, hosting the majority of terrestrial plant and animal species. They represent a beautifully balanced system where soil, plants, and animals all depend on each other to thrive.
But why does this matter for us? First, biodiverse ecosystems provide the vital materials we need for food, shelter, clothing, and more. Biodiversity also fosters resilience. Healthy, rich ecosystems make earth habitable for humans. When forests disappear, these life-supporting systems begin to fail, putting humans at significant risk.
According to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), biodiversity is now declining faster than ever before. FSC’s responsible forestry initiatives protect biodiversity in forests around the world.
Forests support human life all over the world. They provide us with clean air, drinking water, and countless products we rely on every day. And for 300 million people, forests also provide a home. The communities living in and around forests depend on them for food, fuel, medicine, and their livelihoods. In turn, they make stewardship a part of everything they do.
Indigenous groups and local communities manage one-quarter of the world’s land. Globally, indigenous land experiences up to 26 per cent less deforestation than non-protected areas. And with support from FSC, Indigenous and local communities can achieve even better outcomes.