Copaíba: Brazilian sisters lead efforts to reforest the Atlantic Forest

Sister-led environmental organisation Copaíba is aiming to restore Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth, to its former glory by helping to reforest the area. Sisters Ana Paula and Flávia Balderi founded Copaíba as teenagers in 2009. Horrified by the deforestation around their area, they decided to take matters into their own hands by planting trees around their hometown. Soon they turned … Continue reading Copaíba: Brazilian sisters lead efforts to reforest the Atlantic Forest

Former cattle farm in Panama helping to save forests and water through agroforestry

A former cattle farm in Panama, Finca Cuango, is helping restore Panama’s forests through agroforestry, making the soil resilient to erosion and helping it retain scarce water. The 1,450 hectare property will contribute to a target of one million hectares of degraded land that Panama plans to restore by 2035 through its Allianza por el Millio initiative. By investing in reforestation and land restoration, Panama’s government … Continue reading Former cattle farm in Panama helping to save forests and water through agroforestry

Nucleário: Biodegradable seed planter that could help advance reforestation projects in Brazil and beyond

Brazilian company Nucleário has created a biodegradable seed planter – mimicing some of the features of a tropical rainforest’s own species to help saplings grow – offering a faster and more sustainable way to replant tropical rainforests. The biodegradable seed planter helps seedlings to grow by capturing, storing, and releasing water to the seedling as needed. It also provides a barrier to protect the seedling … Continue reading Nucleário: Biodegradable seed planter that could help advance reforestation projects in Brazil and beyond

Putting Down Roots: Documentary shows communities restoring diverse forests once stripped of their trees

Putting Down Roots is a short film which focuses on communities who are restoring diverse forests in areas that were once stripped of their trees. From the remote Scottish coast to the foothills of the Himalayas to the Xingu basin in the Amazon, Putting Down Roots shows how stopping deforestation and restoring forests prevents emissions, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transforms lives. Forests cover 30% of … Continue reading Putting Down Roots: Documentary shows communities restoring diverse forests once stripped of their trees

SeedBalls Kenya helping to reforest Kenya by seed bombing

SeedBalls Kenya is taking steps to reforest Kenya by throwing seedballs where indigenous tree species will take root and grow. Throwing seedballs or “seed bombing”, as the process is otherwise known as, has involved tossing seeds from aircrafts, launching them from a catapult or manually distributing them. Seedballs are a low-cost, low-impact technique for increasing native species populations while providing several advantages over traditional methods. SeedBalls Kenya co-founder, Teddy … Continue reading SeedBalls Kenya helping to reforest Kenya by seed bombing

The once extinct magical tree, Guaimaro, slowly coming back to life in Latin America

The guaimaro, a highly prized tree bearing nutritious fruit, once abundant throughout South America, is slowly coming back to life in Colombia. In Colombia’s northeastern Guajira region, new life is being breathed back into stocks of the beloved tree. The leaves and fruit of the guaimaro have for centuries sustained animals and humans alike. But in recent times, deforestation has decimated the magical tree. Now … Continue reading The once extinct magical tree, Guaimaro, slowly coming back to life in Latin America

Louino Robillard: Haitian peacebuilder committed to reforestation and Haiti’s youth

“Peacebuilder” Louino Robillard has made it his mission to help rebuild his native Haiti and empower its youth to become environmental guardians. Focused on reforestation and community building projects in St Raphael, the Haitian activist has been at the forefront of many community projects since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Most notably, Louino Robillard and his wife, Sabina Robillard, brought an area of land in St Raphael … Continue reading Louino Robillard: Haitian peacebuilder committed to reforestation and Haiti’s youth

World’s largest tropical reforestation project in the Amazon to plant 73 million trees

Tens of millions of new trees will be planted in the Amazon under a new project led by Conservation International, and with indigenous communities having ownership of the project. The largest tropical reforestation project in history seeks to kickstart a revival for the world’s largest rainforest by planting 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023. Spanning 30,000 hectares of land (about 74,000 acres), the … Continue reading World’s largest tropical reforestation project in the Amazon to plant 73 million trees