Trees supply the air that we breathe, help regulate our climate and provide habitat, food and shelter for millions of species, including our own. We are utterly dependent on them for survival. With Amazonia and Australia ablaze, and wildfires causing carnage in California, the world has finally woken up to the catastrophic consequences of forest loss.
The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-30) has barely begun, but already we are witnessing a tree-planting frenzy of pandemic proportions. Last year’s World Economic Forum in Davos spawned a new global commitment to grow, restore and conserve one trillion trees. And now the chosen theme for the International Day of Forests 2021 is Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being.
Conserving the world’s forests is a top priority for Fauna & Flora International (FFI), and we have a proven track record in protecting these ecologically, culturally and economically vital habitats, so you might expect us to be adding our voice to the clarion call for more trees. Well, yes and no.