Nairobi, Kenya, 26 May 2020 – Today, more than 7 billion humans share the planet with approximately 3 trillion trees, with about a quarter of these trees living outside ‘forests’ and 45% of trees and 40% of people living in the tropics, where most of the recent deforestation has occurred. 

But it is not just forests – which have been major mitigators of global heating — that continue to be under threat. As demand has grown for timber, agricultural land, and other forest products, communities in and around forests must contend with many agents with competing visions. Many communities struggle to ensure their interests are respected.

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