Forests are amazing!

Forests are home to more than half of all land-dwelling animals, plants and insects,  and play an important role in regulating the global climate – they absorb and cycle huge amounts of carbon and water. They’re also thought to help provide 75% of the world’s usable fresh water.


Within the last decade alone, orang-utan numbers have fallen by between 30 and 50%. You can help us protect the future of these incredible animals from as little as £3 per month.

Forests and wildlife

The majority of WWF’s work focusses on the topic of putting an end to deforestation and degradation around the world. Much of the timber and wooden products entering the UK come directly from the habitat of some of the world’s most iconic and endangered animals. Orang-utans’ natural forests – for example – are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations, and the timber is sold off. Right now you could be buying this wood from UK shops in products such as paper, garden tools or ornaments. The Sumatra tiger’s forest home in south-east Asia is also being destroyed in pursuit of one of the region’s most valuable woods, ramin, popular in the UK for making furniture and home accessories.

What we’re doing to help

WWF focuses on ensuring that agricultural businesses, government and others are committed in the fight to conserve the world’s forests by creating funding initiatives that support forests that have been designated as protected. These funds go towards training park officials on responsible forest management, as well as monitoring endangered wildlife.

We’re also supporting Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), an organisation which funds countries and groups to protect forests by reducing emissions of greenhouse gas pollutants, especially carbon dioxide.

How you can get involved!

WWF encourages people to switch to forest friendly products wherever possible. Due to the fact that the entire tree is used to make products, it’s important to buy products with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label, to ensure that you are supporting a responsibly managed forest.

You might also want to make an adoption, where your donation will be used to promote sustainable use of natural resources, enable local communities to manage protected areas, and fund our other essential work around the world.