Strategic Approach to Forestry
Recent data published by the World Resources Institute indicates we are currently losing forests at a rate of about a soccer field every 1.2 seconds when comparing the rates of global reforestation versus deforestation.
There are multiple drivers behind this issue, namely: agricultural development, urban development, and logging for forest-based products which feed the paper, wood, and food industries. Given our global forestry system serves as a significant sponge for carbon sequestration, deforestation is only magnified as part of the emerging conversation on climate change. Through our strategic approach to forestry, we’ve set out to be part of the solution.
Forest Cover & Change
This map shows global 12-year annual forest loss and gain from Global Forest Watch in partnership with World Resources Institute. The data is the result of time-series analysis by University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences of 654,178 Landsat 7 ETM+ images in characterizing global forest extent and change from 2000 through 2012.
Global Reforestation Projects
Our Network of PrintReleaf Certified Global Reforestation Projects
The Brazilian Atlantic Forest is one of the most ecologically biodiverse places in the world. Yet over the years, human driven activities have led to major habitat loss and forest fragmentatio...View Profile ›
Deforestation and poverty are devastating global problems which can’t be solved in isolation. Desperate to feed their families, poor farmers in many parts of the world are driven to cut down t...View Profile ›
Located in a little known state in north east India called Meghalaya (‘The Abode of the Clouds’ in Sanskrit) the East Khasi Hills form part of the Meghalaya subtropical forests ecoregion. Mini...View Profile ›
With native woodland circa at 1% of the surface area of Ireland, it has become vitally important not only to create new native woodlands for the future, but also to link existing fragments of ...View Profile ›
Madagascar, due to its isolation from the rest of the world, has tremendous biodiversity and high rates of endemic species. 80% of the species of Madagascar are endemic to that country. That ...View Profile ›
Deforestation and poverty are devastating global problems which can’t be solved in isolation. Desperate to feed their families, poor farmers in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico are driven to cut dow...View Profile ›
Located in South Dakota, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Lakota Native American Reservation encompassing 3,468.85 square miles and is the eighth-largest reservation in the Unite...View Profile ›
Negative Emission Technologies [NETs]
Recent research published by the Smith School at the University of Oxford have determined the best technology to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and try to reverse global warming: it’s trees. They considered methods ranging from capturing emissions from factories and power stations to extracting carbon dioxide directly from the air, and adding lime to oceans to increase their absorption of the gas. None were more promising than planting trees and scaling forests. Relative to other so-called Negative Emissions Technologies [NETs], afforestation and reforestation have fewer uncertainties and offer other benefits to the environment, the research shows.
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PrintReleaf's approach to forestry begins with incorporating data and science through our integration with Global Forest Watch – a platform hosted and managed by the World Resources Institute.
Global Forest Watch is a dynamic platform which collects data through satellite imaging and ground intelligence to represent forest cover, loss, and gain around the world. Through this integration, we can identify those parts of the world that have been most significantly deforested or degraded. In turn, we work with our PrintReleaf Certified™ forestry partners to route our reforestation efforts in these areas of the world where reforestation may provide the most environmental and social impact.
We welcome you to explore our network of PrintReleaf Certified™ Global Forestry Projects by interfacing with our map of projects and respective profiles to learn more about the environmental and social impacts and benefits PrintReleaf provides.
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