A world without forests would be a world without life. Forests are alive with a vast variety of wildlife who rely on them for food and shelter, and many people also call forests home and depend on them for their livelihoods and survival. Around the globe, we are indebted to forests for our clean air and water, productive soils, and their carbon storage abilities – an ally in our fight against climate change. Forests also enhance the quality of our lives. Their beauty has inspired humankind for centuries, and time spent exploring them is known to benefit our mental and physical health. Despite this, the past few decades have seen these precious landscapes destroyed due to disregard for nature. Today, it looks like governments have finally recognised the urgent need to protect forests, as they made a new commitment at COP26 to reduce and halt forest loss and degradation by 2030, supported by £9bn ($12bn) of public finance alongside £5bn ($7bn) of private investment. With over 100 leaders supporting this announcement including from key tropical forest countries such as Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazil, as well as Canada, Russia, and the US, home to vast boreal forests, […]

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