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Forests that provide materials, livelihood and life

Forests that provide materials, livelihood and life

Healthy Forests

Forests give us clean air and water. They regulate the climate, store carbon and are home to a wide array of the world’s plants and animals

Over a billion rural people rely on them for food, shelter, fuel and medicine. The forestry sector provides jobs to millions, linking us to an increasing array of consumer goods that can be traced back to the forest, such as furniture, paper, clothing, sponges and even chocolate. We never cease to find new ways to derive value from our forests.

Today, forests around the world are under assault. They are sick, they are burning and they are disappearing. Above all, our economic development has placed enormous pressure on the world’s forests. Nations often rely on natural resource extraction and agricultural expansion to meet ever-growing national and international demand. This provides people with livelihoods, infrastructure and social services. However, land development also leads to a loss of biodiversity, fertile soil and ecosystem services, which threatens the welfare of generations to come.

We believe in forestry and land development that is good for people, nature and the economy. To achieve this balance, we urge all to leave intact what remains intact, restore what can be restored and act as responsible stewards of our finite forests.

Facts

Research estimates that ecosystem services, which forests are a part of, were worth over US$100 trillion annually in 2011.
With a size of about four billion rugby fields, forests make up a third of land on Earth.
From 1990 to 2015, we lost forests measuring an area larger than South Africa.

Our work

Since 1999, we have worked in value chains of key raw materials linked to forests - wood, pulp and paper, biomass, charcoal, palm oil and soy, to name a few. Over the years, we have helped more than 60 companies to set up No Deforestation, Peat and Exploitation (NDPE) policies and put them into practice. With businesses and civil society, we have innovated the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach - paving the way for a concrete definition of deforestation. Working in tension points within value chains, we engage key actors; giving organisations practical tools to manage complex issues and move forward in their sustainability journey.

Our programmes linked to forests

Centre of Social Excellence –
From conflict to collaboration
Rurality –
Putting the farmer at the heart of society
Landscapes –
Facilitating resilient, thriving communities and ecosystems within biodiverse landscapes.

Our ventures linked to forests

Starling
Map your Impact
Kumacaya
Independent monitoring by local people

Projects

Rurality, Northeast Pará, Brazil

Rurality is collaborating with Cargill, Nestlé and their palm oil supplier Biopalma in the Northeast region of Pará.

News & Stories

How Nestlé and Grupo Palmas are working towards responsible growth in the palm oil industry in Peru

Jul 9, 2019

Watch our film about our work with Cargill and Nestlé to empower farmers in Brazil

Jun 25, 2019

Leading multinationals adopt Starling to monitor and verify their palm oil supply chain

Join the Earthworm Journey

As a member-based organisation, we know that collaboration is key to success and that everyone has a role to play in creating balance between people and nature. We are always open to hearing from potential new members or clients, interested investors or partners and those who just want to learn more. Please get in touch!

Invest in a solution

To create real, lasting change we know we need to maximise the impact of our solutions. If you want to be a part of this journey, reach out to us and together we can make change happen.

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