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  • Yves Rocher foundation

    The Yves Rocher Foundation

    The Yves Rocher Foundation – Institut de France was created at the initiative of Jacques Rocher, son of Yves Rocher, the man who created Botanical Beauty. The Yves Rocher Foundation helps direct local and global environmental conservation, solidarity-based and educational actions in over 50 countries. The Yves Rocher Foundation was created in 1991 and placed under the auspices of the Institut de France in 2001. It works for a "greener world" through 2 leading actions: the "Women of the Earth" Awards and the "Plant for the Planet” Programme.

  • GEF

    GEF

    The Global Environment Facility is now the main source of public funding for projects to improve the state of the planet’s environment. It gave away up to 9 billion dollars from its capital stocks in grants. It also raised over 40 billion dollars of co-funding for more than 2 700 projects in over 165 countries. Moreover, the IMF has put together a separate 250 million dollar budget and 750 million dollars of co-funding to support SFM/REDD+.

  • FCPF

    FCPF

    The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a worldwide REDD+ partnership. The FCPF helps countries with tropical and subtropical forests to develop systems and policies for REDD+ and pays them according to their emission reduction results. The FCPF complements the UNFCCC negotiations on REDD+ by demonstrating how REDD+ can be applied at the country level.

  • Firmenich

    Firmenich

    Firmenich is the largest private company in the perfume and aroma industry. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, it has produced a long list of classic fine perfumes and aromas. Its passion for taste and fragrances is the key to its success. It is known for its creativity, its capacity for innovation and its exceptional understanding of the market’s trends. Every year, it invests about 10% of its revenue in research; this reflects its ongoing will to understand, share and sublimate the best nature has to offer.

  • UNEP

    UNEP

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was created in 1972. It is the highest environmental authority within the United Nations system. The programme acts as a catalyst. It supports, instructs, facilitates and strives to promote the sensible use and the sustainable development of the world’s environment. To do this, UNEP works with many partners including United Nations agencies, international organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and civil society.

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Taking action for the forest

How can you take action? Many NGOs are involved in forest protection worldwide. They offer concrete solutions through different initiatives, green tips and campaigns as a call to action.

> Our selection of initiatives

  • Protecting hornbills | The Hornbill Research Foundation - Pilai Poonswad

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    Pilai Poonswad, 64, has managed to turn poachers and illegal woodcutters into guardians of nature to protect hornbills. This rare tropical bird is hunted for its meat and its casque.

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  • Holistic conservation programme for forests in Madagascar | WWF - GoodPlanet

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    This project aims to test strategies intending to reduce CO2 emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation. The activities conducted will aim to reduce the rate of forest extinctions and restore some damaged forests by 2010.

    The project's objective is also to improve the living conditions of the local population by giving them direct responsibility for managing forests and natural resources —as much inside as outside the protected areas— by promoting and developing sustainable agricultural practices and by generating additional revenue for the people.

    Partner : WWF

    This project is funded entirely by Air France.

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  • Natural reforestation | Tchendukua

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    Tchendukua buys land in the Sierra Nevada to give it back to Kogi Indians so that they can return to their ancestral land and preserve the forests.

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  • An FSC certified teak plantation | Floresteca - FSC

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    Buying sustainably grown teak . Floresteca, the biggest private teak plantation in the world, is recognised by the (Forest Stewardship Council) for its sustainable management. The farm, located in the Mato Grosso region in Brazil, is the result of a collaboration between a Dutch company and several Brazilian companies.

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Afrique

  • Gabon

    Protecting the Gabonese forest | Brainforest - Marc Ona

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    Marc Ona Essangui, who won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2009 for his fight to preserve the Ivindo National Park in Gabon, talked to GoodPlanet Info about his association’s (Brainforest’s) activities and especially, the part it played in the Belinga affair. This name refers to a mining industry project to build a mine, a dam, a railway, a road and a deep-water port at the heart of the Ivindo National Park in the North-East of Gabon near the Kongou Falls which are amongst the most beautiful in Africa.

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  • Tanzania

    Managing the forest sustainably | Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative

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    MCDI helped two forest communities in Tanzania to obtain FSC certificates for their forests and manage them sustainably. This includes sustainably managing the local wood, dalbergia, which is highly sought after in the West for making musical instruments.

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    Breathing new life into ebony | Sebastian Chuwa - African Blackwood Conservation Project

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    In Tanzania, Sebastian Chuwa has devoted his life to breathing life back into the M’pingo tree, a local ebony tree that the local population has been massively cutting down for 20 years. It used to abound in all Africa’s dry savannah but now there are only less than 3 million of them. Most of these are in Tanzania and Mozambique. Thanks to Sebastian Chuwa's action, over a million trees have been replanted and he has convinced the local craftsmen to replant more trees than they cut. In 2004 alone, 30 000 trees were planted. This is a major success as 20 000 odd M’pingo trees are cut down every year for commercial purposes and it takes this tree between 70 and 100 years to mature.

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  • Senegal

    Making "green charcoal "in Senegal | Pronatura

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    "Green charcoal" in Senegal / To produce green charcoal from agricultural residues or from renewable biomass following a process known as pyrolysis. This domestic fuel stems the increase in deforestation and CO2 emissions. This project foresees to avoid the emissions of approximately 5 000 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere.

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    Replanting mangroves | Oceanium - Haïdar El Ali

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    In 2009, Haïdar El Ali managed to gather 80 000 volunteers to replant 36 million young mangrove shoots. In 2010, he aimed to replant 100 million. He also created a 7000 ha Marine Protected Area by closing an 18 km branch of the Bamboung bolong.

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  • Kenya

    Green belt | Wangari Mathaai

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    Trees against the desert / To fight the consequences of desertification, several green belt projects – tree plantations - have been carried out in the world. In 1972, in Kenya, Wangari Maathai launched the « Green Belt Movement » to fight the negative effects of droughts and large plantations meant for export such as coffee and tea. In about twenty years, thanks to a solid tree network, more than 20 million trees have been planted in Kenya thus curbing desertification there. This initiative earned Wangari Mathaai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

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  • Madagascar

    Holistic conservation programme for forests in Madagascar | WWF - GoodPlanet

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    This project aims to test strategies intending to reduce CO2 emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation. The activities conducted will aim to reduce the rate of forest extinctions and restore some damaged forests by 2010.

    The project's objective is also to improve the living conditions of the local population by giving them direct responsibility for managing forests and natural resources —as much inside as outside the protected areas— by promoting and developing sustainable agricultural practices and by generating additional revenue for the people.

    Partner : WWF

    This project is funded entirely by Air France.

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  • Erythrée

    Planting mangroves | The Manzanar project - Gordon Sato

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    Gordon Sato planted over a million mangroves on the banks of the Red Sea to lower poverty and hunger. This desert region had been ravaged by several years of war.

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Amérique du nord

  • Canada

    Underwater lumberjack | Triton Logging

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    The Canadian company Triton Logging Inc has developed a saw which can cut tree trunks underwater up to 300 metres deep. Indeed, more than 300 million trees have been flooded at the bottom of the reservoirs of hydroelectric dams. The wood which is gathered has is specially certified. Its quality means it can be used for construction as well as for furniture. The saw’s motor functions with vegetal oil and solar power.

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    Boreal Forest Protection Agreement between NGOs and companies | NGOs and forestry companies

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    In May 2010 in Canada, nine major environmental groups, including Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Foundation, signed an historical agreement with 21 forestry companies, who agreed to suspend logging activities in nearly 29 million hectares of pristine boreal forests.

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  • United States

    $30 million debt written off to protect forests | Governments

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    An article in the Wall Street Journal on July 1, 2009, explained that the United States had agreed to write off $30 million in debt owed by Indonesia. In exchange, Indonesia must protect Sumatra's forests. Indonesia will therefore have to spend the same amount in the form of subsidies for the conservation of 13 endangered Sumatran forests. An extra 1 million dollars of aid will be provided by Conservation International, an American organisation for the protection of nature. "It is a huge encouragement for Sumatra's population and wildlife" , declared Jatna Supriatna, the vice-president of Conservation International Indonesia, "which reflects the United States' provisional policy". It is the biggest exchange for a debt write-off that the American government has ever organised. Sumatra is an island on which there are many threatened species such as white rhinoceros, orang-utans and tigers, etc. With its high deforestation rate, Indonesia is the third biggest greenhouse gas emitter after the united States and China.

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Amérique du sud

  • Colombia

    Natural reforestation | Tchendukua

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    Tchendukua buys land in the Sierra Nevada to give it back to Kogi Indians so that they can return to their ancestral land and preserve the forests.

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  • Chili/Argentina

    Buying back land to make nature reserves | The Conservation Land Trust - Douglas Tompkins

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    The billionaire Douglas Tompkins who created the brands Esprit and The North Face, buys thousands of hectares of land in South America, He then turns this land into natural reserves. He now owns over 8 000 km2 of land.

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  • Brazil

    An FSC certified teak plantation | Floresteca - FSC

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    Buying sustainably grown teak . Floresteca, the biggest private teak plantation in the world, is recognised by the (Forest Stewardship Council) for its sustainable management. The farm, located in the Mato Grosso region in Brazil, is the result of a collaboration between a Dutch company and several Brazilian companies.

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    Reforestation of the Atlantic Forest | Instituto Terra

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    "The Atlantic Forest, the other big forest in Brazil besides the Amazon, is also overexploited. In under two centuries, it has lost most of its original cover. A reforestation and biodiversity restoration project has begun on land that had been cleared for stock breeding. It took 10 years for the trees to grow back. To fight deforestation, Brazilian researchers from Instituto Terra are recreating biodiversity by providing up to a million plants of over 350 species in the Atlantic forest. Different species of animals and plants have returned to this new sanctuary...

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  • Bolivia

    Solar cookers to limit deforestation | Bolivia Inti-Sud Soleil

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    Since 1999, 4 000 families and schools in Bolivia, Chile and Peru have been equipped with eco-friendly solar cooker. Robert Chiron’s association, Bolivia Inti, has put together a simple tool : a case on which there is a layer of glass. The concentration of the sun’s rays cooks the food in the cooker. Between 2000 and 2007, these cookers stopped the emission of an estimated 12 000 tons of CO2. The inhabitants’ quality of life has also clearly improved : there is less respiratory disease, children no longer have to collect wood, there is more time for education...

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  • Guyana Brazil

    Forest Protection Agreement between Guyana and Norway | Norwegian and Guyanese governments

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    "A Forest Protection Agreement between Guyana and Norway – On Monday 16 November, Norway signed an agreement with Guyana for it not to cut its trees, in exchange for 250 million dollars by 2015. To start with, Guyana will receive 30 million dollars. It will receive the rest if the project manages to avoid deforestation, explained an article published on the 17 November on the WorldWatch Institute website. For years, the Guyanese authorities have been trying to obtain funding to fight deforestation and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The money given by Norway is similar to the REDD mechanism (Reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries) over which an agreement must be reached in Copenhagen. REDD consists of paying developing countries to not exploit their forests.

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Europe

Océanie

  • Tasmania

    Deforestation in Tasmania : Gunns Ltd decides to stop logging old-growth forests | Gunns LTD

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    Greg L’Estrange, the new CEO of Gunns Limited, one of the world's industrial giants, has decided to stop logging native forests in Tasmania as his company has been doing for several decades. For all the Australian environmental groups who have been campaigning against the destruction of the Tasmanian forest, it is an unprecedented decision : ""we now have a unique opportunity to resolve the Tasmania forest conflict"", rejoiced Phill Pullinger, the director of one organisation. His NGO, Environment Tasmania, as well as two others, the Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation, have began talks with forest industry representatives so that the forest in Tasmania can be managed sustainably. A conflict that has been going on for dozens of years could thus be resolved. One of the techniques used involves burning native forests with napalm to replace them with industrial eucalyptus plantations as they grow fast and their trunks are well suited for machines.

    In an episode of Vu du Ciel, Yann Arthus-Bertrand met Bob Brown, a senator, doctor and environmental activist who has been fighting to protect the forest in Tasmania for twenty years. Watch the video here : Tasmania - Napalm deforestation http://www.goodplanet.info/Contenu/Depeche/Deforestation-en-Tasmanie-Gunns-Ltd-decide-de-se-retirer/%28theme%29/1410

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  • Fiji

    Producing salt to preserve mangroves | UNDP and co

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    Tai Butani is the only person left in Lomawai village who continues to produce salt from the mangrove ponds, a tradition that has been part of village life for generations.

    Lomawai village on the Island of Fiji, and is well-known for its salt producing tradition. UNDP Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme co-funds a project started in 1999 by the World Wildlife Fund. This project has allowed Tai Butani to conduct workshops and pass on her knowledge to local women.

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World

  • World

    Plant a tree | UNEP

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    "The Billion Tree Campaign - Growing Green / The Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign is a worldwide tree planting initiative facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme. People, communities, businesses, industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges on-line . The campaign strongly encourages the planting of indigenous trees and trees that are appropriate to the local environment.

    By the end of 2009, more than 7.4 billion trees had been planted under this campaign – far in excess of the year-end target of 7 billion – by participants in 170 countries. With this success continuing into 2010, the Billion Tree Campaign will make a substantial contribution to the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity for our well-being. Trees play a crucial role as fundamental components of the biodiversity that forms the foundation of the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food, fuel and vital ecosystem services our lives depend on. They help provide breathable air, drinkable water, fertile soils and a stable climate. The billions of trees planted by the collective efforts of participants of the Billion Tree Campaign from all parts of society will contribute to biodiversity across the planet.