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.
Greening Australia is partnering with Conservation International and Minderoo Foundation 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.
Protecting and restoring the Amazon and the Atlantic forests in Brazil not only have an enormous impact on climate but also helps to safeguard the greatest biodiversity and freshwater reserves on earth.
Amazon already lost almost 20% of its original forest cover and scientists alert that if deforestation continues, the region can cross a tipping point resulting in harsh climate impacts across the region and the country. The Atlantic forest - a biodiversity hotspot – lost more than 80% since European colonization.
In both biomes, forest restoration represents a new and green paradigm of development. Beyond the climatic and environmental benefits, forest restoration efforts will engage and directly benefit local people and will promote a local sustainable economy through the restoration chain. For that, we will apply a composition of different methods, more adapted to different regions and realities aiming to maximize carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and social benefits.
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.