WeForest’s vision is a world where communities and nations sustainably manage forest landscapes and natural resources to address climate change, enhance livelihoods, increase resilience and safeguard biodiversity. They advance innovative, scalable and lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes for climate, people and planet. They are one of the TreeSisters planting partners, with projects in Brazil and northern India.
India: Cloud Forests
LOCATION: EASTERN STATES OF MEGHALAYA, KHASI HILLS
PLANTING PARTNER: WEFOREST
IMAGE CREDIT: WEFOREST
The Khasi Hills are located in what has been described as the wettest place on earth, the Meghalaya ecoregion. The area is characterized by a rich biodiversity, home to sacred forests, ancient stone monoliths and Khasi indigenous communities. It is also under threat from deforestation and degradation.
This project seeks to combat deforestation and restore the area's forests for the benefit of people and nature. Through assisted natural regeneration of Khasi peoples' lands, sustainable livelihood development, and strong measures to limit further degradation to the forest, the Khasi's biodiversity and communities can flourish together. The project also seeks to have more women playing an increasing role in the community's organization while they are not represented at the local parliaments. More than 110 mammal species are known from the Meghalaya Subtropical Forests, including three threatened species - clouded leopard, sloth bear, and smooth-coated otter. It is one of the few reforestation projects worldwide run by indigenous communities.
Brazil: Forest Corridor
LOCATION: TEODORO SAMPAIO, SÃO PAULO STATE
PLANTING PARTNER: WEFOREST
Through WeForest and its local partner, we collaborate to restore the Atlantic rainforest's biodiversity in the region of Pontal do Paranapanema, where only 3% of the original forest cover remains. The project aims to convert 20% of landowners' farmlands into forest lands, through the regeneration of degraded forest lands via planting and assisted natural regeneration techniques. The regenerated forests will be registered as Legal Forest Reserves or Areas of Permanent Protection (APP) for freshwater recharge.
The vision is to grow forest corridors between the remaining patches of highly-fragmented Atlantic rainforests and ultimately re-connecting the Morro do Diablo State Park to the Iguaçu National Park. Despite the destruction of the Atlantic rainforest, this remains one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, home of endemic species. This project directly supports the migration of endangered species. It indirectly contributes to their conservation and offers huge potential in terms of carbon sequestration. The project also helps local women, who are highly involved in the planting work and project's design and management.