This project is part of WCS's global effort to restore and conserve the world's most biodiverse forests. WCS needs $40,000 to restore 111 hectares (275 acres) of tropical broadleaf forest in areas of Rwanda's Nyungwe National Park, Africa's largest montane forest park, which were burned by human-set fires. Restoring these areas would help support the habitat of chimpanzees, amphibians, and over 300 species of birds, as well as contribute 49,000 tons of CO2 sequestered over 30 years!
Nearly 17% of the carbon emissions fueling climate change - more than the world's annual transportation emissions - are caused by deforestation and forest degradation. Forest loss releases dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and destroys the habitats upon which wildlife and people depend. It is estimated that half the world's tropical forests have already been cleared or degraded, while 13 million hectares of land continue to be deforested each year.
Reforestation and regeneration projects constitute important components of the solution, together with the protection of remaining intact habitats and economic compensation for their preservation. The loss of forest cover is of global importance, and WCS addresses it on a global scale. We work with local communities, NGOs, businesses, and governments to protect and restore forests in 14 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, from Cambodia to Madagascar to Guatemala.
WCS's forest conservation work will prevent the emission of approximately 16 million tons of CO2 over the next five years - the equivalent of taking 15 million cars off the road!