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According to a study recently published in the Journal Science, planting trees is the best way to tackle rising temperatures and climate change.

The Guardian newspaper, which reported on this recent research, states: “Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.” However, the study does not address how global tree planting programme would be paid for and delivered.

World Land Trust (WLT) has been working with overseas conservation partners to plant trees since 2006 and so far has funded the planting of 2,167.424 native trees using donations from our supporters.

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Trees planted through our Plant a Tree appeal in 2018 include:

Women from Hutan’s reforestation team monitoring seedling growth. Image: Hutan

An opportunity to plant 20,000 native trees in Borneo – help an Orang-utan!

A golden opportunity has arisen to restore native forest to 110 acres on land previously cleared for oil palm plantations in Borneo where WLT hopes to fund the planting of 20,000 trees. Genting Plantations has donated this land which will be incorporated in to the Keruak Wildlife Corridor. Native tree seedlings are now being planted by WLT partner, Hutan, between the mature palms, ensuring a gradual return of the area to natural forest. This is part of a larger reforestation programme being carried out by Hutan.

This result is the successful outcome of a pioneering partnership between Hutan, palm oil producer Genting Plantations, the Sabah State Government and the Sukau community in a bid to support biodiversity conservation in the Kinabatangan floodplain of Sabah.

Empowering women from Kinabatangan local communities

Hutan’s reforestation team is in charge of planting, maintaining and monitoring seedlings of native tree species. The main team consists of 10 women from the Sukau community. Very few women in the Kinabatangan villages have permanent jobs and Hutan is proud to offer them this opportunity. In addition to its 10 permanent staff, an internship programme offers other women from the local community an opportunity to join the team for paid periods of one month. Up to ten intern positions are available each month. The trainees learn the basics of tree planting and seedling maintenance techniques and participated in a year-long environmental education programme by Hutan to raise awareness on the need to conserve natural habitat for wildlife.

Hutan’s reforestation team. Image: Hutan

The tree seedlings are purchased from village home nurseries, which provides an additional sources of income for village families. The seedlings are then stored at Hutan’s nursery collection centre and nurtured by the team until they are ready for planting. The seedling species have been chosen using Hutan’s 20 years of research into wild Orang-utan ecology and their feeding habits.

A tree today, a forest tomorrow: addressing climate change and saving wildlife

The tree planting carried out by WLT and our partners is a win-win situation. More trees are being planted to act as carbon sinks to combat climate change. Local communities are actively involved and forest cover is restored. And by allowing wildlife to move freely along the Kinabatangan river, human-wildlife conflict is reduced. Better still is the fact that forests are connected giving more space for Endangered Orang-utans and Pygmy Elephants to move safely helping ensure their long term survival.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Help our partners around the world expand their reforestation efforts by contributing to our Plant a Tree appeal. Just £5 will enable our partners to plant and care for a tree to maturity.

 

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