Climate balance of our planet

31 percent of the earth's surface is forest. Tropical forests largely regulate the global climate because they retain and recycle about half of our planet's water supply in the form of fog and clouds. They absorb large amounts of CO2, and we get oxygen in return. Forest fires and deforestation lead to the release of huge amounts of carbon in the form of CO2 - one of the main greenhouse gases causing climate change. So they are very important in combating climate change. Moreover, tropical forests are home to more than 50% of the planet's biodiversity. And just as importantly, more than 2 billion people depend directly or indirectly on forests for their food, water, timber, livelihoods and medicines. In short, the forest is so much more than we initially think.

Time is running out

Scientists warn us that with the current rate of deforestation and climate change, ecosystems in the tropics will continue to degrade. By 2050, about 25% of all plant and animal species on land will be threatened with extinction. This exacerbates current climate change and has far-reaching negative economic impacts on all of us.

7 times the Netherlands

We lost something beautiful on earth. We've lost a forest. A forest seven times the size of the Netherlands. Over the past 25 years, this area has rapidly disappeared. What used to be green, blooming and varied is now dead. More than 30 million hectares have disappeared due to deforestation in Indonesia. Not only is almost 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Indonesia caused by deforestation, some 60 million people depend directly on the forest to survive.

Gula GulaFood forest

The Gula Gula food forest is a shining example of positive contributions to combating climate change, restoring biodiversity and providing a better life for the local population. Click below to read more about our food forest in Indonesia.

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