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

Managing Forests for Water and for Climate Cooling

FORESTS FOR WATER AND FOR CLIMATE COOLING • As shared by WeForest at COP21, new research reveals that forest processes are more important than previously thought, and can result in 5 short and long-term benefits for water availability and climate. You can download our Science brief here.

Trees @ COP21

Trees are one of the most powerful tools we have to address global warming both for mitigation and adaptation.
They are essential to human life and we have no substitutes for them.
We need to stop cutting our trees and accelerate reforestation. 

We urge all participating parties to take action to put the trees and forests back where they belong. Sign the Manifesto now and be part of this movement!

WeForest White Paper

Our latest publication The Value Of Planting Trees. The Scientific Evidence. is out!
Contact us to receive the White Paper.