Landscapes of Hope - Canopy

Landscapes of Hope

Protecting forests means stabilizing our climate, safeguarding biodiversity, and protecting life on earth.
©Paul Hilton

Across the world, there are places that house a myriad of thriving plant and animal life, are powerhouses of carbon storage, and are the traditional territories to Indigenous Nations who utilize them for survival. We call them Landscapes of Hope.

These vital ecosystems are a complex, interconnected, and fragile web. They are the living embodiment of the circle of life. 

These magical Ancient and Endangered Forests are increasingly under attack as the demand for forest products continues to increase, putting pristine old-growth ecosystems at risk from logging and deforestation.

©Peter Mather

Protecting North America’s Boreal Forest

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©Paul Hilton

Protecting Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

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©Adrian Dorst

Protecting the Coastal Temperate Rainforest

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Protecting the Broadback Forest

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©Andrew Wright

Protecting the Great Bear Rainforest

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©Paul Hilton

Protecting Indonesia’s Rainforests

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We need at least 50% of existing natural ecosystems to be conserved to provide climate stability, oxygen production, fresh water, habitat for plant and animal life, and other functions that have taken 3.8 billion years to evolve. Canopy stands with the global scientific community in that Nature Needs Half – a clarion call for half of all ecosystems to be protected and restored, where needed. 

Keeping forest ecosystems intact all around the world from the Amazon, to the boreal, to the tropics, and coastal temperate rainforests is integral for our survival.

When we protect forest ecosystems, we ensure that biodiversity is protected, carbon is stored, our climate is balanced, traditional and Indigenous communities are sustained, and humans have a better chance to thrive.

One-third of the climate solution resides in forests. But, logging and deforestation continues at an alarming rate. We are working to protect these critical Landscapes of Hope by harnessing the power of the marketplace to incentivize change on the ground, where it is needed most. We also work with local NGO partners and decision makers to develop just and socially durable conservation solutions — ones that ensure ecological integrity alongside the transition to a conservation-based economy and advancement of human wellbeing in traditional and Indigenous communities.

We must ensure the protection and conservation of these special, and essential, landscapes because when forests are protected, so too are all the species that depend on them. That includes us.


Landscapes of Hope

Canopy works to protect Landscapes of Hope around the world. Explore the links below to learn more about these special places.