Throughout the 2019 and 2020 Australian bushfire seasons, more than 18.6 million hectares of land burned, killing at least 37 people and millions of animals while destroying over 5,900 buildings including over 2,800 homes. Nine hundred million tons of carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere, equivalent to nearly double the country's total yearly fossil fuel emissions.
Disasters are becoming more intense with each year. Given that the lives of people, animals, and even plants are interconnected, it takes a long time to recover. The Priceless Planet Coalition is seeking ways to prevent or reduce the risk and, should disasters happen, create the path to ensure we all can recover faster and better.
Conservation International, in partnership with the Minderoo Foundation, is working to assist and revitalize communities affected by the bushfires and restore the damaged landscapes while developing a long-term blueprint for addressing wildfire and disaster resilience.
Restoring and protecting the Amazon Rainforest will do far more than benefit the climate — it will help avoid the potentially catastrophic collapse of this precious natural asset and keep the ecosystem healthy going forward.
Equal in size to the lower 48 United States, the Amazon Rainforest is home to approximately 10% of the world's known species and 15% of its freshwater. Approximately 15% of the Amazon Rainforest has already been lost, and scientists predict that once more than 20% of the rainforest is destroyed, the Amazon will cross an irreversible tipping point resulting in harsh climate impacts across the region.
Restoration in the Brazilian Amazon is a key focus of our mission and will be part of the largest-ever tropical forest restoration on the planet.
Forest and landscape restoration is a key pillar within Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement. As such, this project will be a major contributor to Kenya’s efforts to curb its emissions and capture carbon in its forests and agroforestry landscapes.
The resulting impact on local communities will be significant. Reforesting these important catchment areas can help to store more water within the soils, regulating its release into rivers and streams. The tree roots will also bind the soil along the river buffers, helping improve water quality downstream. Food production will be improved as well. This catchment restoration will create reliable sources of water, and the planting of a mix of high-value fruit trees will create crops that can be consumed locally and sold to markets.