Rewilding forests in Sweden

Staffan Widstrand/ Rewilding Europe

Rewilding forests in Sweden
Continent Europe
Country Sweden
Costs per meter 20 €
GPS Data of planting site 65.8648056, 16.4977222
Project Partner Rewilding Sweden

Boreal forest is the Earth’s largest terrestrial carbon storehouse, but in Sweden industrial forestry has converted most of the productive forests to young, even aged monocultures by using clearcutting and plantation. These ”teenage forests” hold much less carbon than natural forests. To secure well-functioning forests under a changing climate, and reverse patterns of ecological degradation of boreal forests rewilding of the boreal forest ecosystems and development of closer-to-nature forestry methods are urgently needed.

 

Rewilding Sweden will:

 

  • carefully rewet drained forest by filling ditches
  • restore mires/peatlands and streams in the forest
  • create patches in dense forests for increased sunlight reaching the forest floor, improving the conditions for ground lichen as well as germination of seeds from nearby forests, creating mixed more resilient forests and better grazing for the reindeer
  • make long-term agreement with landowners to use continuous cover forestry methods
  • remove non-native species
  • create more dead, coarse wood

Forests in Canada

Protecting old-growth forests in Canada
Continent North America
Country Canada
Costs per square metre 1 €
GPS Data of planting site 50.508772, -124.208199
Conservation Partner Wilderness International

The temperate rainforests of Canada’s West Coast are a true jewel of nature. These ancient forests are home to ancient tree giants, up to 2000 years old and 100m high. Wild Grizzlies and howling wolves roam along crystal-clear rivers. It also stores large amounts of carbon and is essential for a healthy climate on our earth.

 

Wilderness International buys these wilderness areas legally secure with land title and protects them for all future. We leave them as they are, as undisturbed unique ecosystems, and only visit them for research and education projects. The purchases are refinanced by donations, which also cover costs for long-term protection. 1€ permanently protects 1m2. Donors receive a certificate with the exact geo-coordinates and an aerial picture of the protected area. 

 

The protected areas are located in the Toba Valley, 160 km north of Vancouver City and 100 km east of Campbell River, as well as on Porcher Island, 40km south of Prince Rupert and close to the Alaskan border. Numerous scientific institutions support our research projects on CO2-absorption and biodiversity in the coastal rainforests.

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Protecting the last remaining old-growth forests in Peru

Protecting the last remaining old-growth forests in Peru
Continent South America
Country Peru
Costs per square metre 1 €
GPS Data of planting site -12.863594, -69.486371
Conservation Partner Wilderness International

The Amazon rainforest is home to jungles giants on tall buttress roots, covered in lianas and epiphytes. They house sedate sloths, playful monkeys and secretive jaguars. This jungle also stores large amounts of carbon and is essential for a healthy climate on our earth.

 

Wilderness International buys these wilderness areas legally secure with land title and protects them for all future. We leave them as they are, as undisturbed unique ecosystems and only visit them for research and education projects. Local forest guardians ensure the integrity of the conservation areas and protect them from mining, logging, agriculture and hunting. In turn, they gain a sustainable income. 

 

The land purchases are refinanced by donations, which also cover costs for long-term protection. 1€ permanently protects 1m2. Donors receive a certificate with the exact geo-coordinates and an aerial picture of the protected area. 

We are currently active in the region of Madre de Dios, known to be the most biodiverse place on Earth. The protected areas are located along the Tambopata River, about 30km southwest of the town of Puerto Maldonado.

 

Numerous scientific institutions support our research projects on CO2-absorption and biodiversity in the Amazon rainforests.

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Alluvial Forests in Eastern Germany

Alluvial Forests in Eastern Germany
Continent Europe
Country Germany
Costs per square meter 4 €
GPS Data of planting site 51.869232, 12.166737
Protecting Partner Worldwide Fund for Nature

Restoring alluvial forests and giving the Elbe river the space it needs. Most rivers in Central Europe have been altered to a point beyond recognition: What was once a wild maze of river branches, wetlands, and alluvial forests, is now a straightened water body, serving the sole purpose of transporting our goods. Natural flooding processes have been restricted to a minimum with the construction of dams and dikes. Through this, one of the most diverse ecosystems in Central Europe is in strong decline: Alluvial Forests. Not only do they host an impressive number of species dependent on the seasonal floods. They also act as a natural buffer, protecting communities living by the river. WWF Germany has been working to liberate the Elbe river since 2002 and has already successfully relocated dikes and restored vital habitats. Today, WWF manages approximately 1500 hectares of alluvial forest and grassland in the Middle Elbe region, safeguarding and developing the sites for nature and people. Our goal is to purchase more land to restore and preserve these rare and endangered habitats for future generations. 
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Old-Growth Forests in Eastern Germany

Old-Growth Forests in Eastern Germany
Continent Europe
Country Germany
Costs per square meter 4 €
GPS Data of planting site 53.315954, 13.613089
Protecting Partner World Fund for Nature

Protecting natural dynamics and creating old-growth forests of tomorrow. Over the past centuries, Germany’s forests were under immense pressure by industrial forestry, agriculture, and infrastructure development. The original vegetation of beech and mixed-broadleaf forests has been largely replaced by pine and fir monocultures. The consequences of this poor management have become clear under the climate crisis, with extreme weather events leading to the death of thousands of hectares of forest plantations across the country. Today, real old-growth forests are basically non-existent in Germany. As a response to these dire circumstances, WWF Germany has taken 1500 hectares of forest under its wing to protect and develop it in a sustainable manner. This provides significant benefits to the local biodiversity and improves the forests’ resilience to the climate crisis. By this, we hope to give coming generations the privilege of experiencing old-growth forests in Germany and inspire a change in the way forests are managed in the future.

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German Beech Jungle

German Beech Jungle
Continent Europe
Country Germany
Costs per square metre 4.75 €
GPS Data of the site 50.43579, 6.80736
Protecting Partner Wohllebens Waldakademie

By nature, more than 90 percent of Germany would be covered by forest, most of it beech or mixed beech/oak forests. These forests are characterized by long-lasting stability; disturbances in the form of storms or fire are unknown to them. Many highly specialized animal and plant species have adapted to such permanent forests. Most of them depend on particularly old trees; the rare middle spotted woodpecker, for example, can only colonize beech forests when the trees are 200 years old or more. Ancient beech forests are the rainforests of Europe, and similar to the tropics, they are in very poor condition.
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