- Forests contain an estimated 75% of all terrestrial plant and animal species, most of which are found in tropical forests.
- Forests combat land degradation and desertification by stabilizing soils, maintaining nutrient cycling, and reducing wind and water erosion.
- 8% of the world’s forest are protected for ecological functions, including desertification control, conservation of soil and water and biodiversity.
- Biodiversity in forests is the driving force behind most ecological processes, including soil fertility, pollination, nutrient cycling, natural pest control and the maintenance of water resources.
Forests are essential to maintaining biodiversity and supporting environmental processes.
CIFOR & The SDGs
The CIFOR Strategy 2016-2025 aligns CIFOR’s research with the Sustainable Development Goals, to put CIFOR’s work into the context of the new climate and development agenda.