Forests and trees

At the front line of climate change

Why forests matter

Urgent action on climate change is imperative. The 2022 IPCC report warns that we only have two decades left to drastically cut carbon emissions to avert an environmental disaster.

Limiting the average global temperature increase to 1.5°C is impossible without trees playing a major role. At COP26, the landmark Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use – in which 141 countries committed to collectively end forest loss and land degradation by 2030 – inexplicitly tied forests to the fight against climate change.

Eliminating emissions from deforestation and increasing carbon removals by promoting agroforestry and landscape restoration could reduce global net emissions by 30%. Over the next decade, forests could provide up to 50% of the cost-effective mitigation available.

Right now, the planet desperately needs nature-based solutions. In this special feature, we curate CIFOR-ICRAF’s latest research, knowledge and initiatives on trees and forests.


XV World Forestry Congress

Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests

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May 2022

Calling All Journalists- Application Deadline 3 April


At the XV World Forestry Congress, policymakers will release their latest report on the state of the world’s forests. Is it too late to save them – and what might that mean for climate change?

Discover the answers to these questions and more at our online media seminar. Connect with leading scientists and experts for exclusive interviews ahead of the Congress.

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Fast Facts: The latest figures on deforestation, biodiversity loss and climate change


Our research, projects and impact on the ground


Climate change, energy and low-carbon development


CIFOR’s Global Comparative Study on REDD+

World Agroforestry |

Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation in The Gambia: Developing a climate-resilient, natural resource-based economy project

World Agroforestry |

Agroforestry and Reforestation Accelerator / Acelerador de Restauração e Agroflorestas

World Agroforestry |

Tree Productivity and Diversity