WCS and its science partners have produced the first measure of ecological integrity for all the world’s forests. This new, publicly available tool can be used to inform global policy decisions and land management.
Paper in Nature Communications
Anthropogenic modification of forests means only 40% of remaining forests have high ecosystem integrity
Ambitious policies that prioritize the retention of forest integrity, especially in the most intact areas, are now urgently needed alongside current efforts aimed at halting deforestation and restoring the integrity of forests globally.
New Index Reveals Only 40% of World’s Forests Have High Integrity
"Using this index," says WCS Director of Conservation Planning Hedley Grantham, lead author of the study, "we can now set ambitious policy goals to improve the integrity of forests globally."