Conservation and reforestation
Why are forests to important to the planet?
There’s much more to forests than trees. Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet and are pivotal to life on Earth. Hosting much of the world's biodiversity, forests are sometimes referred to as the world’s life-support system, as they purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, prevent erosion and act as an important buffer against climate change.
Forests contribute to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air. With complex and varied ecosystems, they provide habitats for 80% of the world’s land-based animals, insects and plant species. Forests also support the livelihoods of more than 1.6 billion forest-dependent people.
Despite these critical, planet-dependent benefits, forests around the world are under threat, jeopardizing life on earth and threatening the livelihood of local and indigenous forest communities.
We believe in a holistic approach to forest conservation, understanding that forest ecosystems demand more than just tree planting. For us, it is important to not only plant new forests but also to nurture and support the rehabilitation of existing and degraded forests.
TREE PLANTING: By primarily planting native species, we ensure that forests thrive and keep delivering a wide array of ecosystem benefits. These types of trees are best placed to survive in the local conditions of the forest and will avoid potentially negative effects on local water cycles and biodiversity.
COMMUNITY ACTION: Our approach focuses on locally rooted initiatives where the communities are involved in the development and implementation of the project.. Our aim is to provide long-term, effective benefits that are supportive, secure and recognize the rights of the local communities who depend on the forests for their livelihoods.
By protecting native landscapes, restoring forests and supporting indigenous communities, we can help preserve and rebuild biodiversity to promote an Earth-positive future for everyone.
Tomorrow Tree Fund
Tomorrow Tree Fund - a growing initiative
At the end of 2020, we launched the Tomorrow Tree fund (powered by Milkywire) to support the protection and conservation of forests, as well as their restoration.
Through the Tomorrow Tree Fund, PANGAIA supports organizations across the globe who work to protect and restore forests, and to enhance and reintroduce native species of trees and plants in order to support restoration.
Why does the Tomorrow Tree Fund support grassroot organizations?
Currently, the Tomorrow Tree Fund supports 14 initiatives led by grassroot organizations from all across the globe.
Through our local partner organizations, the initiatives focus on supporting the lives and the rights of the local communities whose lives are intertwined with the continued wellbeing of the forest. Indigenous people represent under 5% of the global population, and yet they’re managing over 25% of the world’s land surface and supporting about 80% of global biodiversity.*
Acción Andina is a grassroots, community-based initiative working across South America to protect native high Andean forest ecosystems for their invaluable benefits to nature and to millions of people in the region. Credit: Global Forest Generation - Wade Million
*Gleb Raygorodetsky, ‘Indigenous peoples defend Earth’s biodiversity - but they’re in danger’, National Geographic, 16 November 2018 & Garnett, S.T. et al, A spatial overview of the global importance of Indigenous lands for conservation, Nature Sustainability, July 2018.
A commitment to the future
Tomorrow Tree Fund, together with our additional reforestation initiatives, has raised and funded over $1,600,000 to support forest restoration and conservation efforts across the globe. We continue to pledge our commitment to build and sustain long-term working relationships with our partner organizations on the ground, providing them with steady financial support.
We know that if we do not recognize the link between biodiversity loss and climate change, an Earth positive future will remain beyond our reach —that’s why our efforts have been front and center at PANGAIA from day one. By championing conservation efforts led by biodiversity experts, scientists and NGOs, we can create measurable, beneficial long-term impact.
We’re on a continuing journey of reflection, discovery and action, and we’re dedicated to our goal of giving more to the planet than we take.