Tropical forests are being clear-cut at breakneck speed to make way for intensified agricultural production. This conversion often leads to soil depletion, resulting in vast degraded areas. As forests disappear an important source of food and medicine for local communities is lost too. Deforestation leads to soil erosion, floods and the extinction of unique plant and animal species. Deforestation is also one of the major causes of climate change. With so many interrelated problems the situation appears hopeless. But it isn’t.
It is certainly possible to use forests in a sustainable manner and to convert degraded areas into productive lands that accommodate both people and nature. There is, however, no time to lose. The turnaround requires a combination of local knowledge, innovative business models, and entrepreneurial spirit. The future is in our hands. More about our solution
Poverty and food security
Forests, poverty alleviation and food security are closely linked. Forests are a source of income and food for large numbers of poor people on this planet. They also play an important supportive role in the production of agricultural crops.
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Deforestation leads to large amounts of CO2 that are released into the atmosphere. Avoiding deforestation therefore plays a key role in fighting global climate change. Reforestation of degraded land moreover increases the capacity of the earth to store carbon.
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Forests are home to an incredible variety of plant and animal species. This variety, however, is declining at an alarming speed: every day around 140 varieties become extinct. The consequences of this loss to humanity are hard to grasp.
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