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What the International Day of Forests means for Greenfleet

International Day of Forests was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. This day is designed to raise awareness about the importance of forests around the world and to draw attention to the alarming rates of deforestation. This year the day is focussing on 'forests and education'.

The UN estimates that forests cover a third of the Earth’s land mass and that deforestation accounts for up to 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Undertaking reforestation and halting deforestation are critical to fighting climate change and reducing impacts on the environment, people and wildlife.

You can find out more about what the International Day of Forests stands for in 2019 on the official website, here

To celebrate International Day of Forests, we’re reflecting on how Greenfleet forests are doing their part rebuilding Australia and New Zealand’s forests – one tree at a time.

Here are a small number of the on-going benefits that result from our reforestation projects:


Climate action

Native forests planted by Greenfleet reduce carbon in the atmosphere and directly combat climate damage. A new project this year will do exactly that, but also integrate innovative climate change research. The Nardoo Hills Reserve in central Victoria is a Bush Heritage Australia site. The aim of this project is to future proof the region’s trees by planting Eucalpyt species with seeds sourced from hotter climates. You can read out about collaboration here.


Nardoo Hills Reserve at sunrise, taken by Greenfleet CEO, Wayne Wescott


Wildlife

It’s no secret that forests are the home to many animals and insects, including endangered species. And so, we love seeing our forests contributing to increased biodiversity and habitat for wildlife. One forest doing its part in this area is our Gippsland site, Wurneet Laang Laang. First planted in 2016, this site is increasingly becoming home to a variety of birds including the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, and will continue to do so over the coming years. You can read about a study being conducted on this site to monitor its birdlife, here.


A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, taken by Cara Sambell

 

People

According to the UN, 1.6 billion people rely on forests world-wide, including more than 2,000 Indigenous communities. This might be for food, shelter or their livelihoods. In 2018, Greenfleet took on a project that was slightly different to our usual work. The project in the Indigenous community of Kowanyama in Far North Queensland saw 1,000 trees being planted. Of these, 420 were fruit trees to provide a sustainable food source in the community. The Mayor of Kowanyama, Michael Yam, said he was “delighted to be collaborating on this initiative, that supports our focus on healthy lifestyles, a safe community and economic opportunities”. You can read about this project here.


Kowanyama Community involved in the planting day in 2018.

 

With over 9.2 million native trees planted across more than 500 forests, we see the International Day of Forests as an important day on the Greenfleet calendar. While deforestation remains a critical problem, Greenfleet is working to restore forests as effectively as we can and our continuing to grow our impact thanks to your support.


To do your part this International Day of Forests offset your emissions for the next year, and help us plant native biodiverse trees across Australia and New Zealand > www.greenfleet.com.au/offset

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