CHALLENGE 1

Deforestation and biodiversity loss

Deforestation and
biodiversity loss

Human survival is intrinsically linked to forests, yet deforestation and forest degradation continue at alarming rates. The consequences will be tragic – especially in biodiverse tropical areas – with looming mass extinctions of plants and animals, and increased likelihood of infectious diseases.

CIFOR-ICRAF scientists are helping to combat deforestation and biodiversity loss through targeted research and engagement across all of our thematic areas, particularly through our work on tree genetic resources, restoration, sustainable forest management, and soil and land health.

Deforestation and biodiversity loss: Fast facts

Over 50%
of the world’s tropical forests have been destroyed
27%
of assessed species are threatened with extinction
On average, 137 species
are driven to extinction in tropical rainforests every day

 

Action

Raising global awareness of the importance of trees and biodiversity

CIFOR-ICRAF |

RESTORATION FOR RESILIENCE

CIFOR | ENGAGEMENT LANDSCAPE

Yangambi Engagement Landscape

CIFOR | TOPIC

Forest and landscape restoration

World Agroforestry | TEAM

Land health decisions

World Agroforestry | REGIONAL FOCUS

Our work in Eastern & Southern Africa

Forests, Trees and Agroforestry | FLAGSHIP PROGRAM

Flagship 1: Tree genetic resources