Trillion Trees

Trillion Trees is an unprecedented collaboration between three of the world’s largest conservation organisations – WWF, BirdLife International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society – to help end deforestation and restore tree cover. Our partnership is founded on our commitment to a shared vision, and the belief that working together we can achieve more than we can individually.

Tree cover is an essential part of what makes Earth a healthy and prosperous home for people and wildlife, but the global stock has fallen – and continues to fall – dramatically. In fact, we are still losing 10 billion trees per year.

The consequences? More carbon emitted and less absorbed, dwindling freshwater stores, altered rainfall patterns, fewer nutrients to enrich soils, weakened resilience to extreme events and climate change, shrinking habitat for wildlife and other biodiversity, insufficient wood supply to meet rising demand, harsher local climates, and harder lives for more than one billion forest-dependent peoples across the world.

It doesn’t have to be this way. The two key steps that will reverse these trends – keeping existing trees standing, and restoring trees to the places they once grew – are within our capabilities.

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Polar Bear monitoring – Canada

Every year many bears are unable to reach their feeding grounds due to the late formation of pack ice creating huge difficulties for themselves and their families.

In Churchill, Manitoba there is a holding facility for polar bears that wander into town in search of food where they can be held apart from humans and later released. For years the dedicated individuals who keep the bears and humans apart have been using tape measures to estimate the bears weight. As the average weight of the female drops due to shorter hunting seasons they produce less cubs whose survival rate has decreased significantly.

Restore Our Planet has funded sophisticated digital scales that can weigh up to 2,000 kilos providing scientists with accurate information crucial to help define future forward action for the species survival. Restore Our Planet has also helped regarding arial surveys which play an important part in helping mother and cubs survive as it is important to understand where they were coming off the ice and in what state of health.

Also new and effective drop-off points have been defined for release of the bears which has dramatically increased their ability to get out on the ice sooner improving their chances of survival and reducing the probability of encounters with mankind.