Forests provide the clean air we breathe and the fresh water we drink. They offer shelter for wildlife and wood for our homes. They are sacred places, allowing us to still our minds and connect with our true nature. They are the best way to store carbon today, helping to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Forests make life possible.
Too often these vital benefits are ignored. Around the world, deforestation and forest degradation are leading causes of carbon emissions and biodiversity loss. FSC works to take care of the world’s forests for future generations – making sure we all have Forests For All Forever.
FSC’s solution to dramatically decrease deforestation and forest degradation is guided by our 2021-2026 Global Strategy:
- By 2026, from the current level of about 220 million hectares, 300 million hectares will be certified to FSC’s standards, with systems in place to demonstrate the creation of social, environmental and economic value and benefits.
- These results will be augmented by FSC solutions developed to help halt deforestation, grow the world’s forest area and improve its quality, including forest conservation as well as restoration of degraded or converted areas to more natural conditions.
In this way, FSC will contribute to addressing global goals and challenges, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the post-2020 Biodiversity Framework. The effects of FSC certification on the ground can be explored in the Impact Dashboard, which presents independent research and data on FSC’s outcomes on deforestation, biodiversity, carbon retention and more.