The benefits of planting trees for our planet
Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.
But unfortunately, the rapid development and the competitive land use in particular for agricultural land and grazing, commercial plantations and the expansion of infrastructure, have cut off broad swaths through the forests of the world.
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Kenya is an incredibly beautiful place, from people's creativity to the diversity of its landscapes and wildlife. Kenya has an incredible variety of forest types that have long-supported communities and wildlife from the mountains to the coast. Kenya's forests' cultural and ecological heritage is vibrant and unique, but their management in recent decades has been unsustainable. 42% of the population live below the poverty line.
2˚18’12.71”S / 40˚43’40.01” Mkunumbi District of Kenya.
An estimated 40 million rural dwelling Indonesians rely heavily on the biodiversity of their environment for subsistence needs. Traditional fishers rely on the wetland ecosystems all around the islands, including mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass for their livelihood. In the last three decades, Indonesia has lost over 40% of its mangrove forests, affecting the environment and the species that rely on them and the communities that depend on this ecosystem for survival.
Indonesia (Biak Island - Mnurwar): 1°5'25.157”S, 136°21'37.873”E
Madagascar is more than just an island from an animated movie. It’s a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else. But more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and taking away the Malagasy’s ability to farm and live on the land. Full mangrove estuaries are gone, leaving the bare earth to wash away into the sea.
Madagascar (Villamatsa): 16°12'05.2”S, 44°29'07.9”E
Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries globally, and rural villagers in Nepal depend directly on their natural environment for food, shelter, and income. When the local environment is damaged or destroyed, the poor are the first to feel the adverse effects. Forced to live on marginal lands, they are at greatest risk. Without financial resources or the knowledge to manage vulnerable resources sustainably, they often further degrade their lands to survive. In this way, the problem perpetuates their poverty.
Nepal (Manahari): 27°32’23.3”N, 84°45’28.4”E
Australia is currently experiencing one of the most significant natural disasters in history. This year's fire season has brought about unprecedented destruction as wildfires have spread across every Australian state, burning up nearly 6 million hectares (15 million acres) of the bush as of January 2020. But the devastation witnessed in the state of New South Wales is almost unfathomable - 3.6 million hectares (8.8 million acres) have been lost, over 1,500 homes destroyed or damaged, and 24 people have been killed. New South Wales is home to some of the most iconic of Australia's wildlife - koalas, wombats, and kangaroos, to name a few - and their habitat is rapidly declining.
California's forests provide innumerable benefits, including clean water and air, recreation, timber, habitat, and beautiful scenery. Healthy forests also play an essential role in addressing climate change. Five years of drought and a large-scale bark beetle infestation have severely damaged California's forests. 2017's record-breaking wildfire season burned more than 1.3 million acres – an area the size of Delaware. Now, a record of 129 million trees needs to be restored in California.
The Amazon rainforest covers more than 60% of Peru. This reforestation project is located in the Madre de Dios region, home to over 10 percent of the world's bird species. The goal is to restore and protect the "buffer zone" between Tambopata National Reserve, Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, and the city of Puerto Maldonado. This area has been identified as a high-risk zone for deforestation and degradation due to unsustainable agricultural practices.