Forests do many, many things. They clean air and water; help to prevent soil erosion and protect against natural disasters; provide building materials, foods, medicines, and much more for humans; and create habitat for wildlife. Our member projects each protect a threatened forest in an incredibly biodiverse area of the world.
Livelihoods & Poverty
Forests in the developing world are critical to the lives of the communities that call them home. All Stand For Trees projects hold special certifications for supporting community development, poverty reduction, and sustainable livelihoods – giving communities a sustainable alternative to clearing their forests.
Biodiversity & Ecosystems
Forests are some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. And everything in them depends on the rest of the ecosystem, from worms and insects that make the soil richer, to trees that provide shade, food, and territory. The more biodiversity, the stronger it is. That’s why protecting intact forests is so important.