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Of climate change. About half of the world's forced have already disappeared, and only 20% of what remains intact is viable. As it stands, the world loses more than 23 million acres of forced Area every year, and so the window of opportunity to reverse deforestation and protect the world's remaining intact forest is shrinking, and it's shrinking fast. Not only does this have huge consequences for the climate and for wildlife, but it's also a major human rights concern as an estimated One billion plus people worldwide depend on force for their livelihood. This is a lot so here today to help us explore this, Um or is well. Anderson and Willis with world Resource is Institute well is the communications lead for the World Resources Institute. Forest Programs Global restoration Initiative there, he manages outreach for their work on a R 100. Their work on the gland accelerator. The initiative 20 by 20. Their terror match. And they're monitoring techniques will develop strategies and plans and he builds partnerships and manages the team's external communication. The world Resource is institute develops research based solutions that create real change on the ground. And they do this by relying on a three step approach that I love that is counted. Change it and then scale it. There are cross 50 countries. The World Resources Institute is working to accelerate the global movement to restore degraded forest farms and pasture. And they do this by developing state of the art, independent, modern dating techniques, channeling finance the local organizations and connecting governments. Technical experts, communities and relevant investors. And previously will work as a journalist and editor in Baltimore, and he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and international studies from Johns Hopkins. Welcome Will. We're so glad you could make it to us in between Cove, it Holdovers. Thanks for you know, it's a pleasure to be here. Indeed. Now, well, before we get into a lot of the detail of what you all at were resource is institute are doing Will you explain to our audience About ecosystems in general, tell our listeners why they are important and then describe what is a forest ecosystem and what it consists off so that they can really understand it. Thankfully, though, ecosystems are kind of the bedrock of everything that we rely on in the world. They provide US water, a provider of food, they provide clean air and clean soil for us for farmers. Make sure that we have kind of a natural resource is that all of us people all around the world rely on and there's a ton of different kinds of because system, there are forests. I think we're all familiar with those.