Healthy forests mean healthy people. Forests provide everyone with health benefits, including fresh air, nutritious foods, clean water and recreation spaces.
You can find out more about our restoration projects below.
We are looking at the trends that are likely to have a substantial effect on forests and forest livelihoods such as forest megadisturbances, changing rural demographics and digital technologies. These trends are creating new agricultural and urban frontiers, changing existing rural landscapes and practices and opening spaces for novel conservation priorities – including restoration.
We are developing a better understanding of these trends to know how local, national and international geographical scales interact which will inform restoration practices in the future.
Deforestation is the second leading cause of climate change after fossil fuels, accounting for almost a fifth of planet-warming emissions. In a project focussed in Nepal, researchers from the Global Development Institute looked at more than 18,000 community-led forest initiatives.
They found that giving Nepalese communities the opportunity to look after their own forests led to a 37% relative reduction in deforestation and a 4.3% relative decline in poverty levels between 2000 and 2012. Researchers are now expanding their analyses to India to see if they yield similar results there.