Cool our climate

According to the IPPC, recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Since the start of the industrial revolution, we have increased the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere to 400 ppm.

Trees absorb carbon and are key to absorbing the excess of CO2 levels from our atmosphere and cool our climate. A tree is the best known carbon sink technology! Trees also make clouds and balance the water-cycle. They release water vapour and microscopic nuclei needed for cloud formation.

Clouds have a high albedo effect, reflecting the incident solar radiation back into space, adding 20 million km2 of forest could create an additional 2% cloud coverage over the entire planet, countering current global warming.

Restore our soils

2015 is celebrated globally as the UN International year of soils.

Forests form the foundation of many natural systems. They help restore soils, reduce landslides, prevent desertification and protect coastal areas.

Did you know that 10 million km2 of degraded farmland covering our Earth was abundant forest lands at the beginning of the 20th century?

Deforestation through poor agricultural practices, overgrazing, demographic pressure resulted in massive deterioration of ecosystems, the destruction of the soil integrity and, as a consequence, poverty.

Empower communities

Landscape restoration, planting trees provides jobs in countries that need it most. Collecting seeds, growing seedlings in nurseries, transplanting and caring for the trees create jobs and empower women out of poverty, enabling them to send their children to school. Our forests also provide fruits, grasses for fodder and other benefits to the communities that protect them.

Cool our climate
Restore our soils
Empower communities

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

21st of March 

The International Day of Forests launched by the UN aims to raise awareness of the importance of these ecosystems, as forests halt global warming. 

"Forests are central to the global effort to meet the climate change challenge, eradicate poverty and realise a sustainable century" - Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.