According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), deforestation causes a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to storing more than 1 trillion tons of the world’s carbon, forests purify water, protect soils, prevent floods and droughts, and are home to the majority of the world’s land-based species. With deforestation and forest degradation accounting for more global greenhouse gas emissions than the emissions from the world’s cars, trucks, ships and planes combined, forest protection has become critical to achieving environmental sustainability.

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