21st March International day of forests: Let’s restore forests!
Trees cover approximately one-third of the global land area, making forest ecosystems a core component of the world's biodiversity. Trees are the most biologically diverse terrestrial ecosystems. People all around the world, including more than 2000 indigenous cultures, rely on forests for their livelihoods. Forests are the foundation of life, and their benefits can be categorised into six main pillars: clean air, water, biodiversity, social impact, health, and climate. Besides, there are many more reasons for us to appreciate the importance of forests in our everyday lives, which contributes to our prosperity and well-being of current and future generations, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
As trees grow, they help mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide which is a major greenhouse gas, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into our atmosphere. Tree planting is one of the easiest and most effective ways we can do to reduce the impacts of climate change in our communities and across the world.
Happy International Day of Forests
The United Nations officially announced 21st March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. This day is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the great significance of forests and their biodiversity that enhances our lives and our planet. Furthermore, It's an excellent opportunity for us all to take a moment and appreciate how forests are essential to human survival and Earth's longevity. Nations and communities are encouraged to participate in activities and discussions involving forests and trees, such as tree-planting campaigns.
The theme of this year’s International Day of Forests is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”. Forests help balance the oxygen, carbon and humidity in the air. Remember that the fresh air we breathe, clean water we drink, and shelter for more than 80% of the world's terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects are results from having forests. Simply put, our planet would be completely uninhabitable without forests. Although all of these precious economic, ecological and health benefits to our planet, deforestation continues at a substantial rate. According to the UN, deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. As a result, working towards solutions for developing and sustaining our forests to tackle climate change is extremely important.
What is forest restoration?
Forest restoration is actions to rebuild and sustain forests that support and accelerate the recovery of degraded forest systems. Forest restoration is not only about saving trees, but it is also about creating ecological uplift, enhancing the function of the broad range of environmental services that forests provide, and benefiting humans and wildlife species that depend on functional forested systems to grow.
Major elements of forest restoration
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) categorized forest restoration strategies into 4 key elements.
Nowadays, many organizations participate in forest restoration programs as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. By planting seedlings and growing native trees, is a crucial part of forest restoration.
Adding organic substance to the soil can essentially change a forest and contribute to restored forest health. As soils need insect microbiomes such as centipedes, beetles, and worms to flourish.
Protecting wildlife corridors
Restoring forests help create wildlife corridors, which allow animals, including large and small creatures, to move and reproduce across landscapes. These corridors are designed to protect animals from intruding human populations in high interaction areas between the two. This is key to forest restoration since these wildlife areas significantly improve animals’ chances of surviving, reproducing, and flourishing.
Managing land sustainably
To succeed in forest restoration, it is vital to emphasize the needs of farmers who care for small plots of land and whose access to resources greatly affect forests. Working with government organizations to encourage practices such as agroforestry, involving the cultivation and conservation of trees among crops for more productive and sustainable land use can profoundly contribute to forest restoration efforts.
Forest restoration must occur. Together we can make a real impact on climate change, improve the quality of the air we breathe, clean water we drink as well as a healthy environment. Let’s restore forests and gain a better future!
As our mission to fight against deforestation, we’ve partnered with One Tree Planted to give back to the environment by planting trees and being involved in forest restoration programs. One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization with a focus on global reforestation. As an environmental charity, they are dedicated to making it easy for everyone to help the environment, protect biodiversity, and create a healthier climate by planting trees. One Tree Planted work together with reforestation partners in North America, South America, Asia and Africa to help them on their mission. Check out our link below for more details!