Peru Reforestation Project
For just over a year High Moon has been directly donating every month to the OneTreePlanted Reforestation Project in the Madre De Dios region of Peru. This area has been identified as a high risk zone for deforestation and degradation due to unsustainable agricultural practices and illegal mining activities.
Home to iconic species like the Jaguar, Macaw, Amazon River Dolphin, Black Spider Monkey, and Poison Dart Frog, the Amazon River Basin is a vast region with 1.9 billion acres of rainforest and over 1,100 tributaries — 17 of which are longer than 1,000 miles. With the world’s largest rainforest ecosystem, it spans 9 countries and is home to almost 30% of plant and animal species on Earth. And by holding an estimated 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, its forests play a critical role in the fight against climate change.
AIDER and Althelia are partners of Initiative 20x20, a country-led effort to bring 20 million hectares (49 million acres) of land in Latin America and the Caribbean into restoration. Restoring this land by adding trees and improving farming practices would yield $23 billion in net benefits over 50 years, a value equivalent to approximately 10% of annual food exports from the region.
This effort has major implications for climate change. Intact rainforests are thought to absorb more carbon from the atmosphere than other forests, and dedicated specialists focus on preserving trees that absorb the most carbon. To date, AIDER has facilitated the restoration, protection and conservation of more than 1.1 million hectares (2.7 million acres) of forest and degraded land—financing its conservation efforts since 2009 by selling carbon credits achieved through the United Nations REDD+ framework.
Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is a mechanism negotiated by the UNFCCC. Finalised in 2015, it provides a way to pay for forest management that reduces emissions in developing countries, whereby polluting countries can purchase carbon credits from projects that reduce emissions from deforestation.
Your small contributions go along way to projects like these that not only contribution to restoration but the sustainability of long term benefits to the communities and the world.
Image Credit: OneTreePlanted and Ben Hemmings