This project will establish 1 million trees by June 2023 in rainforests across subtropical and tropical Australia and Indonesia. While engaging with local and Indigenous people this project will increase the size, health, and functionality of these rainforests for their longterm survival. These rainforests are biodiversity hotspots and have experienced devastating deforestation yet they all hold immense opportunity for restoration and local community involvement to save these ecosystems.
Forests are among the most important ecosystems on the planet for our health, weather stability, and long-term survival of an enormous number of species. Unfortunately, over half of the world's forests have been cut down and this deforestation is still occurring, at an alarming rate. In a changed climate, the remaining forests need to be supported to increase their size and ecosystem health. This is one of our best chances to deal with climate change and biodiversity decline.
Planting trees and re-establishing rainforest where it once stood is the best thing we can do to counteract deforestation, support these ecosystems and mitigate climate change. This project will reverse damaging effects of deforestation in Australia and South-East Asia by establishing 1 million trees where rainforests have been cleared. This will expand these ecosystems by over 200 hectares, increase habitat for species, support pollinators, and positively engage local Indigenous communities.
1 million trees will expand rainforest by over 200 hectares which increases the available habitat for threatened and endangered species. This expansion will absorb approximately 2092 tons of carbon dioxide per year as the carbon storage and climate mitigation long-term impact. Socially, this will increase local and Indigenous involvement and perspectives in rainforest conservation. For each region, more rainforest will contribute to weather stability, reduced soil erosion and water availability.