Forests contain the majority of life on Earth, including a staggering 80% of the planet’s terrestrial species. These diverse environments provide warmth, shelter, water and food, and are havens for a multitude of plants and animals.
Many of the planet’s diverse forests are under threat, however, from a range of sources. The most prominent are all linked to human activity. Vast areas of forest are being lost to agricultural conversion, urbanisation, timber extraction and other forms of commercial exploitation.
Forest ecosystems are incredibly fragile, and any disruption to that system has a knock-on effect. At its most devastating, deforestation can result in a catastrophic loss of biodiversity.