Why create micro forests?
Microforests are directly related to the sustainability and the health of our future ecosystems.
Every microforest is a true ecosystem.
Microforests help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and provide key ingredients for over 25% of all medicines.
80% of terrestrial species live in forests.
Forests are critical homes to plant and animal species. In turn, species that live within forests play an important role in maintaining forest health.
Changes to forested habitats in many wildlife areas are leading to loss of biodiversity and extinction of species that depend on these areas. With fewer species, the resilience of the entire food chain suffers.
Protecting forest habitats is key to maintaining biodiversity.
Nearly 20% of the world's population will be at-risk of floods by 2050.
Forests are critical to supplying clean and plentiful water around the world. Healthy forests filter water, reduce erosion, regulate rainfall, recharge groundwater tables and buffer against the impacts of droughts and floods. Coastal forests are especially important in providing protection from surges and are crucial breeding grounds for marine life.
Forests help us to protect against natural disasters like floods and droughts and decrease erosion, flood and landslide risks because they hold sediment in place and channel precipitation under ground.
There is a growing tendency of investments in forests to provide more water, taking into account the economic, environmental and public health benefits these critical lands can generate.
Forests can provide 30% of the solution to keeping global warming below 2°C.
Forests provide a natural solution for removing carbon from the atmosphere, representing a cost-effective solution for mitigating climate change.
Forests absorb and store carbon emissions caused by human activity, like burning fossil fuels, and industrial agriculture.
Sustainable forest management, improved land tenure, conservation and restoration are all valuable strategies for preserving forests as a natural climate solution. These solutions are proven to have positive economic, biodiversity and societal impacts.
40% of global deforestation is commodity-driven.
Societies around the world have relied on nearby forests for food, fuel and medicine for thousands of years. Traditional practices like agroforestry, and small-scale and shifting agriculture had a reduced impact on the surrounding environment and generated socioeconomic benefits for local communities.
As demand for commodities grows, deforestation from industrial-scale agriculture, illegal harvesting of timber and mining increases. The inability to track where products come from and a lack of consequences for environmental outcomes make it difficult to curb the impacts of these industries.
Deforestation-free, sustainable commodity production is possible. Improved forest monitoring and management can help companies make more sustainable purchasing decisions, facilitate action against illegal clearing and enable policymakers to create more informed land use allocations.