View across canopy of Amazonian rainforest at dawn, Tambopata, Peru

Forest facts

  • About one third of the world’s land area is covered by forest.
  • Forests are home to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.
  • Rainforests are responsible for the production of over 40% of the world’s oxygen.
  • Around 1.6 billion people around the globe depend on forests for their livelihoods.
  • The giant sequoia tree of North America is considered to be the tallest living thing on the planet, growing to incredible heights of 95 metres.