How do I know the trees I fund with WeForest are really planted?
WeForest’s restoration methodologies aim to ensure a ‘final stand per ha’. Each final stand density per ha differs from project to project. In order to achieve the projected ‘final stand’ WeForest plants additional ‘security’ trees to account for predicted survival rates. Predicted survival rates are usually around 80% so therefore we plant 120% to ensure the 100% final stand per ha. WeForest regularly undertakes field audits to check densities, location of the planted plots and has a monitoring management plan in place to receive regular updates on the growth and survival of the regenerating forest areas.
How do I know the trees survive?
Our survival rates are high and expected density final stand is specified in the contracts with all partners and participants. If they are under a specific target the commitment is to replant.
Is it not more important to stop deforestation?
Each of our projects aims to address the root cause of forest degradation in that specific area (see our Restoration Principles) We do this through integrating sustainable livelihood initiatives to help decouple local communities’ lifestyles from forest degrading activities. We also provide training in various aspects linked to sustainable forest management.
How much of the world’s forests are currently being deforested and how much is reforested?
Have a look at this clock produced by CIFOR and also you can see various real time rates related to forest loss and gain on Global Forest Watch website.
How many trees would be appropriate for a company ‘my’ size?
This is wholly dependent on your ambition and objectives in participating in a restoration campaign. Get in touch to talk this through.
Can I get photos on ‘my trees’?
We do not monitor all trees individually - our monitoring involves measuring a sample and cross section of the forest being generated. However, large sponsors and donors (over 100,000 per annum) do receive photos of their plot and a map depicting their polygons.
Is there a risk of being accused of greenwashing by planting trees?
This has been an unfortunate historical issue. Companies could well be accused of greenwash if they claimed to be ‘planting trees to save the planet’ but had not yet made any attempts to address deforestation in their supply chain or assess their own impact on forests from either a product or operations perspective. WeForest continually supports the message to companies to work towards decoupling themselves from deforestation whilst also engaging in reforestation. It is important to do both with the objective to have a net-positive impact on forests.
Can I offset my footprint with trees?
Every company small or large will have a ‘forest footprint’. We do work with companies to help them offset various impacts associated with their business through forest restoration. We suggest you get in touch directly to learn more.
How do you protect against fires or droughts?
This is always a difficult issue for forest projects. In many of our projects implementation of fire breaks are part of the restoration and sustainable forest management plan. As insurance we also have buffer trees across our project portfolio (not assigned to anyone) which can be reallocated to donors and sponsors should some of their trees be lost.
Can I visit my project?
This is dependent on the project country location and the size of the partnership the donor/sponsor has with WeForest (see sponsor/donor T&C’s).