Forests, the lungs of our planet

Deforestation and forest degradation continue at a worrying rate and are contributing significantly to the current loss of biodiversity. Since 1990, an estimated 420 million hectares of forests have been lost through conversion to other uses.

Forests are home to most of the biodiversity of the world’s land mass. It follows that the conservation of the world’s biodiversity is highly dependent on how we interact with and use the world’s forests.

(FAO 2020)


Lightwood, a solution to deforestation

As forests in East Africa have severely declined during the past decades and are still diminishing (3.9 million hectares annual), new sources for timber must be found. However, large-scale monocultures often rather harm the environment instead of solving environmental issues. Mixed-species plantings using fast-growing tree species can maximise ecosystem services and thus provide timber and other services such as climate change mitigation or the provision of fresh water.

Our work with the East African forest

As an expert in the field of reforestation and agroforestry, wants to share with you some of the aspects dealt with. You can learn more about land rights, mixed species plantings and tree nurseries and plantations by clicking on one of the links below:

Land rights

Mixed species plantings

Tree nurseries and plantation