Image Credit WWF News & Updates Action towards the Trillion Trees Vision Nature Kenya Image Trillion Trees welcomes the ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’ LONDON, 22 September 2021 Trillion Trees commends today’s launch of the ‘Protecting Our Planet Challenge’, a commitment by nine organisations to pledge $5 billion to protect and conserve 30 per cent of the planet by 2030 by supporting protected areas and Indigenous stewardship of their territories. It marks the largest-ever philanthropic commitment to nature conservation and a significant step in addressing the triple crisis that threatens our planet – climate change, nature loss and economic insecurity. Image Credit SAVE Brasil 'Food forests’ could throw a lifeline to rare Brazilian birdlife in the Atlantic forest It is something I’ve seen often during my eight years with SAVE Brasil. Meeting schoolchildren to talk about the importance of the forest and the beauty of its birds, there comes a moment when the hands fly up and they shout: “My dad hunts!” “My grandpa sets fire to the trees to clear land for pasture!” “My uncle captures birds to sell in a cage!” It happened again in Serra do Urubu, and it crystallises the challenges we face to protect and extend this exceptionally rich habitat for wildlife. Image Restoring tree cover to Tanzania You could say my career in conservation began with a single elephant. It was 2010, and I was studying for a degree in tourism management, but fieldwork took me to southeastern Tanzania, where I assisted a WWF project to tackle human-elephant conflicts in the villages of the Kilwa region. Image Credit Professor Ed Hawkins We must act now - IPCC new report Trillion Trees today welcomes the IPCC’s milestone report documenting unequivocally that human-caused emissions have warmed the planet, and that we are dangerously close to not being able to reverse this. With further emissions, we will see further warming, more frequent and intense rainfall, increased drought, more frequent fires and continued warming and acidification of our oceans. But the authors also stressed that there is hope if we act now. Image Credit WCS Madagascar’s magnificent Makira forest I grew up on the east coast of Madagascar. My parents were farmers, living and working in the bush, using the natural resources of the land for their livelihood. When I was young I wanted to be a doctor – my friends and I were always playing doctors and hospitals, but a love of conservation and a deep respect for the forest have always been in my blood. Image Credit Peter Usher Forest guardians and nature’s nurseries on Mt. Kenya I have a very personal connection with the forests that flank Mount Kenya and their exceptional wildlife: I grew up in the village of Kangema, driving my father’s cattle between the fields and the Aberdare Forest to graze. Father would warn us of the dangers of being trampled by elephants – 3,000 of them roam the bush there, along with remnant populations of black rhino and a vibrant array of bird species, including the endangered Sharpe’s longclaw and threatened Chapin’s flycatcher. Image Credit WCS Tanzania Technology helps tree planting champions in Tanzania Local communities in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands are involved in a forest restoration project aimed at protecting fresh water supplies, reforesting degraded areas and creating sustainable supplies of timber and fuelwood. Key to the project’s success will be the accurate monitoring of all trees planted to ensure that the newly planted seedlings survive and flourish – and this is being done through a mobile app. Image Credit Guyra Paraguay Tea and empathy Can you regenerate a rainforest with a cup of tea? That’s what Trillion Trees’ partner, BirdLife International is achieving in the heart of South America, with Fabiana Benítez of Guyra Paraguay at the centre. Hear from Fabiana on Sky News here Image Credit WCS June 2021 - Regeneration, planting and Covid response After an inspiring World Environment Day (5 June), which officially launched the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and our recent focus on reasons for hope, we can’t resist talking about two of our amazing restoration projects. We’re also sharing news about what else has been happening with Trillion Trees Partners this year; our research study showing that forests can and do regrow if we let them; and a special story on how partner efforts aren’t just Image why we should stay positive — and continue the fight By John Lotspeich, Executive Director, Trillion Trees If you follow the news headlines about forest degradation, it’s easy to despair. But the first four years of Trillion Trees have shown there are reasons to hope — perhaps even 20 billion reasons, as our Executive Director John Lotspeich explains. Image Credit Pui-Yu Ling 58.9m ha of regrown forests It's not all bad news: Our new research shows that a total area of forests equivalent to the size of France have regrown in the last 20 years. Nearly 59 million hectares of forests – an area larger than mainland France– has regrown since 2000, according to new analysis from Trillion Trees. Image Credit WWF Tanzania 20 billion trees protected & restored From working to connect 450,000 hectares of forest fragments to protect endangered species in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, to planting tens of thousands of indigenous tree seedlings to restore Mount Kenya's forest, Trillion Trees has gone from strength to strength in its first four years. Since 2016, Trillion Trees partners have been supporting the protection of more than 18.3 billion trees and the restoration of over 1.8 billion trees. Image Credit WWF March 2021 - Restoration Stories In recognition of this year’s launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we’re celebrating some of our amazing restoration projects. Despite the challenges that 2020 presented, our partners continued the hard work to deliver the right trees in the right places. Although the stories in this update highlight the inspirational restoration work of the partners, in many landscapes there are also additional projects underway to protect standing forests. Image Credit WCS Rwanda The long roots of research Deep in one of Africa’s oldest rainforests, researchers have hit upon a simple, effective solution to historical forest degradation that’s posed a decades-long problem to nature, people and climate – and implemented it, even during a pandemic. The best solutions are usually the simplest. Image Credit A Rocha BMW Group, Tetra Pak and Schüco International Express Concerns About Sourcing Aluminium from the Atewa Forest BMW Group, Tetra Pak and Schüco International Express Concerns About Sourcing Aluminium from Ghana’s Irreplaceable Atewa Forest Image Credit WWF The Real Cost of Planting Trees In a new commentary for Scientific American, WCS’s Lauren Oakes investigates the big question: What is the real cost of tree planting? Image Credit Arek Socha_Pixabay Earthshot Prize Trillion Trees is delighted to have been selected as an official Nominator for the prestigious Earthshot Prize. The Prize was developed to search the world and identify solutions to repair our planet. There are five Earthshots, with one winner in each category receiving £1,000,000 to continue and scale their work. Image Credit Professor Ed Hawkins In the climate emergency, forests offer hope There is no silver bullet, but there is one solution staring us in the face right now, available to us right now, and actionable right now: protect and restore the forests that keep our planet healthy. Image Credit Pixabay Announcing our new Executive Director Trillion Trees is delighted to announce the appointment of John Lotspeich as its Executive Director. John joins Trillion Trees at a pivotal time in providing a voice for the critical role of forests in that struggle, and scaling up community-based solutions worldwide. Image Credit Fahrul P. Amama Reflections on forests This Earth Day, the planet is getting a bit more breathing space than it has had for a long time. With the change in our normal lives, air pollution is down and people are seeing wildlife reclaiming some spaces. For many of us, our lives are rightly dominated by short-term priorities, such as caring for ourselves, our loved ones, and those in need. Image Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator An investment boost for the future of forest conservation Trillion Trees has invested in teams behind bold forest landscape programmes from Paraguay to Indonesia, helping them access the knowledge and space to create new, sustainable funding models. It's a game-changer for forest conservation. Find out more about this year's cohort and landscapes Image Credit April Bagwill Trillion Trees welcomes global support Statement from Trillion Trees 22 January 2020 Image Joint action with Daily Mirror Trillion Trees is joining with the Daily Mirror for the Mirror’s Million Trees campaign, where they are calling on readers to help raise funds to plant a million trees in East Africa and the Amazon. The joint initiative was announced on 14 November 2019, and will continue for the next five years. Countries of focus include Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Peru, and Columbia. Image Big win in Colombia In a momentous win for conservation, Colombia’s Serranía de Chiribiquete was officially expanded to 10.6 million acres today, making it the world’s largest protected tropical rain forest national park. It was also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of its “outstanding universal value” for nature and people. Image Nature-friendly rubber The environmental effects of poorly planned and managed palm oil are now very well-known. Another major global commodity that grows in similar climes is natural rubber, with vast rubber tree plantations found throughout the tropics, particularly in South-East Asia.