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We RESTORE

We work in threatened and degraded tropical forests and landscapes to create locally-led restoration programmes.

Collaboration is key. We build local partnerships to deliver long-term transformational change.

We design restoration strategies in partnership with local communities and stakeholders:

  • protecting remaining intact forests through strengthening local governance and working to reduce pressure in the buffer zones;
  • restoring degraded forest through planting and encouraging natural regeneration of native species;
  • planting agroforestry systems that increase tree cover in farming landscapes and provide food and timber for local families.

We build forest-friendly alternative income programmes such as beekeeping and sustainable agriculture. This reduces pressure on the forests while improving food security and nutrition.

Women-led micro-businesses, such as tree nurseries or community-managed beekeeping and honey production, flourish with the right support. We provide the training, guidance and equipment to catalyse their success.

WeForest’s restoration approaches

We ENGAGE

WeForest’s work is more than growing trees.

It’s about getting results for the people who live in the landscapes we’re restoring. This is crucial if we want to be sure that forests will be protected for the long term.

It’s about addressing the root causes of local deforestation by developing viable economic alternatives with and for local communities.

To ensure the long-term survival of the trees, we engage and train local farmers who earn a stable income and become stewards of their new forest.

Rural communities take care of their natural capital and benefit from higher and more diversified incomes, new skills and better health.

Women are the majority of the world’s poor, and more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They play a central role in forest and landscape restoration, and shape our strategies.

We MEASURE

How do we know our restored forests are growing and making an environmental and socio-economic impact?

Every hectare we restore is mapped with GPS points to generate polygons that are assigned to sponsors.

Extensive logframes, Key Performance Indicators and annual monitoring provide the metrics we need to refine our approach.

We measure environmental indicators, including biomass growth, tree density, survival rate, and species diversity indices.

We measure socio-economic indicators, including jobs created, people trained and additional income generated.