International Day of Forests

Key messages

Forests are home to about 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.

Forests and woodlands are made of over 60,000 tree species.

More than a billion people depend directly on forests for food, shelter, energy and income.

Genetic diversity helps forests to cope with climate change and other threats.

Biodiversity is under serious threat from deforestation, forest degradation and climate change.

Managing forests sustainably, and restoring them when needed, is crucial for people, biodiversity and climate.