Forests are one of the most important biomes on earth. They provide a wide range of “ecosystem services,” from watershed protection and carbon absorption to renewable energy and timber production.
Important reservoirs of plant and animal biodiversity in locations ranging from China to Latin America and many places in between, forests provide key components of the environmental, social and economic well-being of societies around the world.
The Borneo montane rainforests can be likened to montane islands in a sea of lowland dipterocarp forests. This isolation has produced a unique and diverse set of montane...
Western Java rainforestsLast Updated on 2013-05-25 at 23:43
The Western Java rainforests are found on one of the most active volcanic islands in the world. Once the home of the extinct Javan Tiger (Panthera tigris sondaicus), these... More »
Temperate rainforestsLast Updated on 2013-05-25 at 21:50
This article draws upon the work of numerous writers, published by Ecotrust in the cited works below, and was also contributed to by Malka Geffen of Ecotrust.... More »
Northwestern thorn scrub forestsLast Updated on 2013-05-25 at 15:23
The Northwestern thorn scrub forests ecoregion represents a large expanse of degraded dry forest surrounding the Thar Desert. Neither exceptionally species-rich nor high in... More »
Sulu Archipelago rainforestsLast Updated on 2013-05-25 at 14:29
Although these islands represent transitional stepping stones from the island of Borneo to Mindanao in the Philippines, they have evolved their own distinctive faunas. The Sulu... More »
Sumatran lowland rainforestsLast Updated on 2013-05-24 at 00:32
The Sumatran lowland rainforests are one of the most diverse forests on Earth and also among the most threatened.
These forests contain comparable levels of More »
New Caledonia rainforestsLast Updated on 2013-05-23 at 18:36
The islands of New Caledonia contain some of the most distinctive plants in the world, with a large number of species, endemics, and an ancient character... More »