Regenerating ecosystems, enriching biodiversity and preventing pollution
How we use land has a massive impact on climate change. Terrestrial ecosystems, whether forests, peatlands or grasslands, store a huge amount of carbon. When we convert these ecosystems for uses such as agriculture and mining, their stored carbon is released into the atmosphere. Deforestation alone accounts for about 10% of global emissions annually, as a forested area the size of Denmark disappears every year.
That’s why we focus on protecting native forests to reduce emissions and preserve biodiversity. In addition, to make up for all those trees which are still being cut down, we support tree planting projects. In addition to the carbon benefits of planting trees, trees play a vital role in regenerating degraded soil and making it fertile once again.
The work that Eden Reforestation projects do in planting mangroves straddles the boundary between land and ocean. Mangroves are critical in keeping land as just that: land. Their roots hold the soil in place and prevent it from being washed away.
Mangroves act as a buffer between land and ocean. With sea levels rising, mangroves can play a critical role in protecting the land from ocean surges. This will help keep soil healthy, as salt water can lead to permanent soil fertility loss.