We believe trees are one of the most powerful tools we have to address global warming both for mitigation and adaptation.
400 ppm is today’s CO2 concentration in our atmosphere and it continues to rise at between 1 and 2 ppm per year. Close to 20% of all carbon emissions result from deforestation and forest degradation, yet we are still cutting down our trees: as much as 82,000 km2 of forest are still being clear-cut every year, a surface larger than Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands together.
Trees are essential to human life and we have no substitutes for them.
Trees are essential to human life: the products and services they provide are unequalled for climate, air, water, cloud nucleation, soil, food, medicine, shelter, etc… We have no substitutes for them.
Planting trees creates value, boosting biodiversity, productivity and resilience, whilst also creating jobs that lift entire communities out of poverty for a better life, making them stewards of their forests.
When reforestation is planned and performed adequately, the benefits of trees far outweigh the cost of planting and maintaining them.
We need to stop cutting our trees and accelerate reforestation.
The Bonn Challenge in Sept 2011 announced the ambition to restore 150 million ha of forest by 2020. 4 years later, halfway through the pledge, merely 39% are committed and very little actually planted. The Sept 2014 New York Declaration announced an even more ambitious target to stop deforestation and restore 350 million ha of deforested and degraded forest landscapes by 2030 (10% of the planet’s degraded soil), which includes the 150 million ha from the earlier Bonn Challenge pledge.
On the path to COP21 we urge all participating parties to take action to put the trees and forests back where they belong.
Afforestation and reforestation initiatives across the world are currently restoring ca 5 million hectares per year , around half of what is being destroyed. We can, and must, do more to accelerate forest restoration and stop deforestation.
Pledges however won’t get us there. We need ambitious plans backed with political commitment and earmarked funding, legally binding policies and effective enforcement of these policies, public awareness campaigns and economic incentives with results-based payments to stop deforestation by 2030 and fulfill the commitments pledged in September 2014. On the path to COP21 we urge the French government, all participating countries, parties and corporations to take action to put the trees and forests back where they belong.