Urgent appeal to protect tropical forests – for birds and people
- Over four billion people rely on tropical forests for their daily water.
- They cover around 7% of the earth's land, yet are home to over half of all known species.
- We are loosing 13 million hectares of tropical forest every year.
- Tropical deforestation generates more CO2 emissions than all land, air and sea transport combined.
Tropical forests are our planet's lungs, rainmakers, and global climate engines. So crucial, yet so threatened.
Over the past few years, BirdLife has pioneered with our BirdLife Partners a remarkable project in a Sumatran rainforest called Harapan.
Our innovative approach is leading to success in Sumatra
I'm very pleased to report that our conservation work at Harapan is proving very successful. We've secured a new type of forest management licence which will save the forest for nearly 100 years. Furthermore, the area we manage recently doubled from 50,000 to 100,000 hectares - larger than
On the ground we have now trained over 140 new forest wardens from local communities and achieved sharp declines in forest fires, illegal logging and poaching.
Your generous support helped to make this happen. Thank you!
BirdLife's 'Forests of Hope' programme is seek to expand our success across the globe
We are now identifying a growing number of sites across the globe for our 'Forests of Hope' programme (read more).
The aim is to immediately halt their destruction, and to conserve and start restoring large blocks of natural forest covering at least five million hectares by 2015.
We urgently need your support to save tropical forests
Your support will help us to quickly grow our Forests of Hope programme and conserve threatened forests – like
Your generous support will make a huge difference.
Dr Marco Lambertini
Chief Executive - BirdLife International
Find out more:
- Cambodia's Western Siem Pang - urgent opportunity
- BirdLife's Forests of Hope map
- Download the appeal letter
- Find out more about BirdLife's Forests of Hope programme
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