OUR FORESTS ARE VERSATILE Humans benefit from forests in numerous ways: Due to the high demand for wood around the world, forests safeguard a large number of green jobs through harvesting either timber or other forest-based products, thereby making a key contribution to the economy. Further, forests protect us against natural hazards, provide us with an energy supply, aid in mitigating the effects of climate change, and offer animals and plants a habitat and humans a place for recreation.