Forests are immensely important, both to the environment and to human societies. They are a central component of the natural resources that support life on earth, and we are coming to learn of the importance of their role in combating climate change. Millions of people are wholly or largely dependent on forest resources for their livelihoods. No-one is as dependent on these precious assets as the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.
Although both the human and the natural worlds are highly dependent on the existence and survival of the world’s forests, and despite widespread recognition of the immense importance of public forests, they have not been protected from aggressive destruction on an enormous scale.