Image Credit WWF News & Updates Action towards the Trillion Trees Vision Nature Kenya 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.