Cool our climate

Trees are the best known ‘technology’ to cool our planet: they absorb the excess CO2 from the atmosphere, which for the first time in human history has passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million (ppm). 50% of a tree’s biomass is actually carbon!

Forests also make clouds by releasing water vapour and microscopic nuclei in the atmosphere, which through a high albedo effect, reflect the incident solar radiation back into space. Research suggests that adding 20 million km2 of forest could create an additional 2% cloud coverage over the entire planet, buying us time on global warming.

Restore our soils

Soils, which are celebrated this year by the UN, are the basis for healthy food production, rich biodiversity and water quality. Yet poor agricultural practices, overgrazing, and deforestation keep destroying them: half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years alone, leading to landslides and desertification.

Solutions exist and some of the recent public commitments are encouraging: working to reduce deforestation which currently still affects every year 130000 km2 of forest (4 times an area the size of Belgium) and accelerating reforestation (currently only 65000 km2 = 2 times an area the size of Belgium) will restore the soils that humanity needs to feed the 9 billion people living by 2050.  

Empower communities

WeForest has seen that forests are better protected if local communities get more benefits from standing forests rather than felled trees. Engaging and training local farmers is the key.

Reforestation projects in developing countries empower local communities much more than traditional development aid: collecting seeds, growing seedlings in nurseries, transplanting and caring for the trees while they grow create long term jobs and lift entire families out of extreme poverty, enabling women to buy medicine and send their children to school. Our forests also provide fruits, grasses for fodder, shade and other benefits to the communities that care for them.

Cool our climate
Restore our soils
Empower communities

Upcoming events

Earth Day - April, 22nd


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June 2015 Scientific meeting - Pathway to COP21


WeForest is organising a 3-day scientific meeting that brings together scientists and policy makers to achieve greater clarity in our understanding of the role forests play in supporting the water cycle and basic climate system processes that are crucial for sustaining human life. To contribute to a solution-based approach, the meeting seeks to map out a policy and research agenda for protecting forests and their role in regulating water, rainfall and other Earth system processes.
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2015 is the International Year of Soils!

Soils are core elements to feed all the people on earth and play a key role in our fight against global climate change and biodiversity conservation. This year 2015, the UN, together with communities and organisations worldwide, will celebrate soils. Discover projects contributing to landscape and soil restoration. 


Burkina Faso


Tanzania


India


Brazil


Zambia