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.
In the Sahel, in the Northeast of Burkina Faso, WeForest contributes to replanting the native forest and reverse the decline in biodiversity affecting the ‘Partial faunal reserve of Ansongo-Menaka’, whilst promoting a sustainable local economy.
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.
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti left the country totally dependent on international aid. While medical aid, food, and water supply from abroad are important for immediate alleviation, it’s urgent to plan for the future when emergency aid is gone: but how? We believe that restoring the soil and watersheds are the most urgent priorities to enable Haitians to grow food and drink clean water again. This can only happen with resilient reforestation involving the local population.
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.