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Why native trees?

They are key to fight climate change.

They regulate the water cycle and generate clean water.

They retain polluting particles from the air, purifying it.

They are a source of food and habitat for the terrestrial biodiversity.

They have a direct impact on people's quality of life.

Deforestation

13 million hectares per year are deforested

In the world, forests have undergone extensive deforestation processes. Factors such as the empowerment of land for agriculture and/or livestock, urban expansion, forest fires, natural resources exploitation, among others, are causes of the decline and deterioration of forested areas.

Water cycle

75% of fresh water consumed in the world comes from forests.

Forests regulate the water cycle: they intercept and retain rainwater preventing its loss. The water evaporated from the forests constitutes new events of precipitation in the atmosphere and generates recycling. Forests act as true filters within the hydrographic basins, purifying the water that originates from the slopes and fills rivers and lakes.

Soils

33% of the world's soil is degraded.

The process of the formation of 30 cm of soil can take between 1,000 and 10,000 years to complete. However, erosion can cause its complete loss in just one rainy season. Forests are a protective barrier against erosion. In addition, the roots of the trees form true networks of support for the soil, and when the trees lose their leaves, they form an organic blanket that nourishes the soil and makes it more fertile.

Biodiversity

Forests support 80% of the planet’s biodiversity.

22% of the known fauna is in danger of extinction. Forests offer a high variety of habitats (food and shelter) for the planet’s biodiversity. As the forest grows and presents a wider variety of vegetation (trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, etc.), its capacity to house a greater number and types of species of flora and fauna increases. When the forest is destroyed or intervened, processes of habitat fragmentation and/or disappearance are generated, triggering a significant loss of the biodiversity of our planet.

Climate change

Forests can absorb up to 40% of global Co2 emissions in one year.

Forests act as carbon sinks. They absorb CO2, the main gas responsible for the greenhouse effect and warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, to carry out their photosynthesis process. Through their leaves, they release oxygen and water, increasing the environmental humidity and cushioning the air temperature. Under the treetops, the temperature drops considerably, avoiding an excessive influence of solar radiation on the flora, fauna, and soil.

Quality of life

22% of the world population depend on the forest for their daily sustenance.

Forests provide goods and services that widely benefit the world’s population. They are a source of food and energy. They supply the population with clean water. They capture polluting particles, purifying the air we breathe. They are the daily sustenance of many people and a fundamental part of the different cultures and identities that coexist on our planet.

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Matías Rio

Director Forestal Fundación Reforestemos

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Sofía Olivares

Ingeniera Forestal, colaboradora Fundación Reforestemos

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Suzanne Wylie

Directora Ejecutiva Fundación Reforestemos