The Brazilian Atlantic Forest is one of the most ecologically biodiverse places in the world. Yet over the years, human driven activities have led to major habitat loss and forest fragmentation. Currently, the remaining forest is in far greater danger of disappearing than the more renowned Amazon Rainforest. WeForest is combating the progressive loss of biodiversity in the Upper Paraná Atlantic Rainforest Ecoregion, contributing to the restoration of some of the best and most extensive examples of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil.
The East Khasi Hills form part of the Meghalaya subtropical forests ecoregion. It is considered as one of the rich biodiversity centres of the Indian subcontinent bioregion1. Known as the wettest place on earth, the district is home to sacred forests, many of which include large ancient stone monoliths that date back many centuries and serve as refugia for endangered species2.
The Amhara region of Ethiopia has suffered extreme deforestation.
Selected for specific outcomes, different tree planting activities will tackle the drivers of, and reduce future deforestation, whilst simultaneously contributing to net afforestation with the multiple beneficial outcomes which ensue. A holistic approach is adopted in recognition of the complex interchange between socio-economic and environmental factors.
In cooperation with our local partner (Global Resource Alliance ) we pursue a natural, holistic and sustainable approach to poverty reduction by environmental stewardship. We believe that empowering local communities to address pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges according to their own vision and their own creative potential is the key to lasting solutions.
Recognising that human sustainable development is part of the solution to halting deforestation, WeForest places the local community at the heart of its conservation efforts. To protect the native standing forest, the project supports the local farming communities in developing sustainable livelihoods through conservation farming.
It is possible to stop desertification?
In the Northeast of Burkina Faso, our coalition partner OZG is using a unique approach to replanting a native forest, reversing the dramatic desertification of the Sahel area.
We can already see results in biodiversity and living conditions of the women involved in seeds collection and local handicraft from forest produce.
We train local communities in the Sirumalai Hills in sustainable reforestation to address food insecurity caused by population growth, land degradation and water shortage. We know that planting as little as 8.500 trees for example, creates 1 permanent and 3 temporary jobs - which we reserve in priority to women- to help these families feed their children and send them to school.
We all know that education is core to the development of the poorest nations: how to break the vicious circle when no cash economy is available to send children to school? Providing long term jobs to women in these regions makes this possible. Our local planting partner Eden Reforestation Projects empowers these single mothers and widows, who work year after year in our projects, to be self-sufficient and to be able to pay for school and medical care.
Kenya’s forests are rapidly declining due to significant population growth and other land uses. The result of this is such that there is only 2% forest cover remaining. Experts warned us years ago: Global warming could cause a 25 % drop in surface water across Africa by the end of the century . The Horn of Africa is currently suffering the biggest draught in 60 years. We must act now to alleviate local famine and prepare for the future by stopping the progression of the desert through the restoration of the forests on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
The island of Madagascar is endowed with natural resources and landscapes that are deemed exceptional worldwide. Unfortunately, the increasing pressure of the population, and their participation in forest burning, is causing progressive and irreversible damage to the primary forests of Madagascar.
Forty years ago, the west coast of Madagascar - occupying a stretch of coastline of approximately 1.000 km - was still a healthy mangrove, capturing sediments that threaten coral reefs, sheltering highly diverse mollusc and crustacean communities for the biggest benefit of birds, sea turtles, dugongs as well as the Malagasy people themselves. In the last decades, development of urban areas, overfishing, rice farming, salt production and erosion caused by tree-cutting in the highlands threaten this unique ecosystem. This trend can be reverted by planting during low...
Mangrove ecosystems are threatened everywhere and West Africa is no exception. Desertification and intense population pressures have caused a 24% loss of mangrove forest cover in the last 30 years alone. This phenomenon is threatening livelihoods since locals depend on mangrove ecosystem services such as fresh water, soil erosion protection and habitat for fish.
The Malungon area of the Sarangani province, located in the southern region of The Philippines, was once one of the richest forests in the world. Today the remaining old growth exists in small, fragmented stands which remain vulnerable to illegal deforestation and degradation. WeForest fulfilled its commitment in funding 250,000 trees. WeForest will continue looking for other planting opportunities in the Philippines in future.