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Half of the world’s forests have disappeared. Privatisation, trade liberalisation and increased exports of meat and crops, such as soy and palm oil, have led to a massive increase in large-scale plantations, triggering further deforestation. Yet forests provide livelihoods for many local communities and indigenous peoples. They help to regulate our climate, and are home to some of the most species-diverse habitats on earth.
FoEI works with local communities and indigenous peoples to conserve forests, and strengthen communities’ rights and community management of forests. We campaign against industrial large scale plantations, monoculture, destructive logging and the commodification and financialization of forests and biodiversity.
We urgently need to protect the forests in our fight for a sustainable future for everybody.
Main image: cleared area for oil palm plantations in the Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia. Oil palm expansion poses serious threats to Leuser’s tropical forests and the millions of indonesians who depend upon its natural resources for survival. © David Gilbert