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Over 1.6 billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods across the world, and forests play a crucial role in the Earth's life support system - including the global carbon and hydrological cycles. Some areas of the world are experiencing net gains in forest cover, through the natural expansion or reforestation efforts. However, deforestation in some areas of the world continues apace, impacting livelihoods and the global climate. The UN estimates that 18% of global carbon dioxide emissions stem from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. Avoiding deforestation and degradation is therefore a priority in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Mountain birch forest, Norway
Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia
Paper mill, Sumatra
Paper-mill, Sumatra
Kamchatka forest, Russia
Kamchatka forest, Russia
Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula), Costa Rica
Himalaya mountain forests, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
Himalaya mountain forests, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
Himalaya mountain forests, Sagamartha National Park, Nepal
Himalaya mountain forests, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
Forests at the Great Wall of China
 Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Georgia
Temperate rainforest near Vancouver, Canada
Clear-cutting, Southern Norway
Central-European beech forest, Germany
Burning rainforest, Indonesia.
Geometrical scars on the land, Brazil
Geometrical scars on the land, Brazil
Aerial view of the Amazon Jungle
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