Today, tropical forests cover only about 5 per cent of the surface of our planet. Even so, these forests are home to the majority of all the earth’s plant and animal species. This wealth of species is under serious threat. Every second a tropical forest area the size of two football fields disappears. This adds up to around 86.000 hectares each day – an area larger than New York City. Estimates say that this ongoing deforestation causes 50.000 plant and animal species to become extinct each year. Most of these species have not yet been discovered.
Biodiversity loss on such a scale is extremely worrying. Not only does it mean that unique life forms are lost for good, but biodiversity is also vital for people, not least because it helps maintain healthy and productive agricultural systems. The extinction of species moreover implies a huge loss of genetic material that could be used in the future for medicine and other applications.
Maintaining biodiversity is not an easy task. It requires the protection of natural forests, the rehabilitation of degraded forest areas, as well as the development of environmentally friendly agriculture. This is what Rich Forests is committed to. More about our method.