In pictures: celebrating forest life on International Forests Day

As well as protecting the planet from climate change, our forests are home to a huge range of amazing nature and animal biodiversity. It's crucial that we do all we can to keep them safe. For International Forests Day 2020 – and when many of us need reminding of the beautiful natural world out there – here are some pictures of life in forests all over the world.

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The world’s forests come in many forms and host an extraordinary array of plants and animals. Forests are also home to millions of people and are vital in combating climate change.

But with at least 50 million hectares of forests across the world likely to have been destroyed for profit in the decade to 2020, the need to protect our forests has never been greater. In order to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5ºC, cutting emissions and conserving and restoring natural ecosystems are vital.

These images show just some of our planet’s incredible forests, and the extraordinary life they harbour.

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