We plant trees to restore ecosystems and livelihoods whilst increasing protection against the extremes of climate change in multiple regions of the tropical forest belt. We do this in ways that recreate and restore natural forest ecosystems using indigenous species, fostering local knowledge and skills, and promoting women's participation. We strive to do it intelligently, appropriately, respectfully and successfully.
Forests play a vital role in the hydrological cycles of our world, sequester the atmospheric carbon dioxide that is driving climate change and provide the most biodiverse regions on earth. When trees are removed, vibrant ecosystems are often overfarmed, eroded and rendered infertile in a cascade effect that is mirrored with social decline, grinding poverty and climate extremes.
Reforestation can rapidly reverse these trends, stabilizing and nourishing the soils, restoring watersheds, revitalizing dry springs and providing good quality water to large populations living downstream.
We are focusing on four primary environmental goals:
- Protection and expansion of Intact Forest Landscapes
- Restoration and protection of watersheds
- Controlling soil erosion (as extreme weather and deforestation cause runoff)
- Restoring topsoil and land fertility
And two primary socio-economic goals:
- Improving community livelihoods and forest interdependence
- Fostering women's participation, empowerment and incomes
(Note - the term 'reforestation strategy' includes (from a technical perspective) the broader activities of forest restoration, afforestation and re-greening of drylands).