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April-September 2021: Southwest Western Australia
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The Southwest of Western Australia is home to incredible national parks and is a project we are proud to be contributing to on behalf of our customers throughout 2021. Known for being a global biodiversity hotspot, this area has suffered tremendous damage from decades of over-clearing for agriculture and has been significantly burned throughout the black summer bushfires of 2019-20.

With the help of One Tree Planted, we are planning to contribute thousands of trees to this project to help restore bushfire affected areas while increasing wildlife habitat and engaging the Noongar Indigenous community who are extremely knowledgeable in the management of this land.

Harnessing the local community, the project will also provide economic opportunities for Traditional Owners and rural communities through seed collection, planting, and long-term care, overall empowering these communities to make a difference for their local environment.

Approximately 50% of the plant species found in this region are not located anywhere else on our planet and are extremely unique. As these trees establish, they will also contribute to capturing carbon from the atmosphere, helping mitigate against climate change. Plus, restoring fire damaged forests will ensure improved watershed filtration and water quality for locals.

Project goal + benefits

To engage the Traditional Owners and rural communities of this land with a goal to restore life in this global biodiversity hotspot that has been damaged by bushfires and over-clearing for agriculture.

Social Impact

This project will harness the extensive local knowledge of the Noongar Indigenous Community through consultation all the way to caring for these plant species.

Biodiversity

The southwest is home to many evolutionary distinct species found nowhere else with this project aiding in restoring habitats and food resources vital for wildlife.

Water

Tree planting will help benefit native plants and restore fire damaged forests improving water filtration and water quality for local communities.

January-March 2021: The Andes, South America

At the start of 2021, we made a difference in The Andes, South America.

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If the Amazonian forests are the lungs of the planet, then the forests of the Andes are its heart, the very source of its watery circulation system.  The forests of the high Andes capture then release rainfall, sending it in measured flow to the vast Amazon below. Acción Andina is an initiative aiming to protect and restore one million hectares of high Andean, native forest ecosystems in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Polylepis forests are a unique and rapidly disappearing ecosystem. Spanning seven South American countries, these forests can be found as high as 4,500 metres, defining the tree line for the Andes range. Often found beneath glaciers, Polylepis forests have been reduced to 3-10% of their natural range.

Polylepis are keystone species in creating and supporting high Andean ecosystems, including wetlands. Many rare and endangered species – more than 22 species identified by IUCN as species of conservation concern – persist only in this increasingly fragmented oasis of trees. Culturally significant to high Andes indigenous peoples, Polylepis provide the overstory and main structure for forests that contain a diversity of plants valued by these communities as native foods and medicines.

Project goal + benefits

Bring under restoration an additional 500,000 hectares of native forests, by building local, effective and long-term conservation and restoration leadership

Social Impact

Polyepis is culturally significant to indigenous people of the high Andes, who will part on their own land.

Biodiversity

Polylepis forests protect endangered species - more than 22 species identified by IUCN as species of conservation concern.

Water

The forests of the high Andes capture and release rainfall, sending it in measured flow to the vast Amazon basin below.

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