Natural tropical forests are home to at least 70 per cent of the world's land-based plants and animals, sheltering more than 13 million distinct species.
Over one billion people depend on tropical forests, with local communities using them every day for food, water, housing and medicines. Many of the crops and medicines we rely on - including rubber, cocoa and coffee - have ancestors in tropical forests.
For the planet
Tropical forests naturally lock away billions of tonnes of carbon, playing a vital role in the global battle against climate change. Deforestation causes up to 20 per cent of all human emissions of greenhouse gases - more than all of the world's transport.