Forests help to avert the climate crisis by absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) and provide a home to 80% of land-based animals and plants, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
But we’re losing forests fast. They used to cover 57% of land, but today that figure is only 31%, according to Our World in Data. Half of them have been lost during the past century. Not only do they release CO2 when they’re burnt or cut down, but the soil underneath quickly becomes unsuitable for plant growth in a process known as desertification.
Restoring a forest is also more complicated than simply running a tree planting initiative. It’s much better to preserve existing forests by establishing and maintaining protected areas managed by indigenous communities.
This is exactly what we do through our biodiversity surveys. In addition, we support local organisations with reforestation by rehabilitating soil, removing invasive plant species, planting indigenous trees and monitoring their growth.
Our Current Initiatives
- Invasive plant removal in Seychelles in collaboration with Seychelles National Parks Authority
- Indigenous tree planting in Seychelles in collaboration with Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of Seychelles (TRASS)
- Indigenous tree planting in South Africa in collaboration with Karongwe private wildlife and nature reserve
- Biodiversity surveys in Thailand with the goal of collaborating with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
- Biodiversity surveys in Costa Rica in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE)
- Biodiversity surveys in Peru in collaboration with Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park
Mangroves were planted as part of coastal restoration and rehabilitation in 2018
Biodiversity surveys conducted on species identification and habitats in 2018
Community members trained in biodiversity surveying techniques in 2018