Here at avajane.com I like to write about ways that people are making a positive change in the world and standing up for the environment and childrens’ connection to nature. There are many factors that come into play and everything is interconnected from the trees in the forest to the sand on the beach we can nurture nature and help ourselves at the same time.
Little Gift Big Smile is a section on avajane where we can directly connect with the people that are making the efforts to see that these positive changes happen and keep happening. If you would like to donate to ForestEthics.org and aid their mission it is not only you make a contribution to them but you are also joining the mission as well. We are all together.
This is the mission of ForestEthics.org directly from their website:
Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests, wildlife, and human well-being.
ForestEthics believes that protecting our planet is everyone’s business. Because of our work, environmentally responsible corporations and governments will thrive. Natural systems will be protected, and the people and wildlife that depend on them will prosper. Markets will be more transparent and ethical.
We imagine monumental success, and then make it happen. Our commitment to a sustainable workplace ensures that we treat each other with the same reverence as the wild places, wildlife, and people that we serve.
Since 1999, ForestEthics has secured protection agreements for 65 million acres of forests (26 million hectares) and helped move billions of dollars of corporate buying away from forest destruction
State of the Forests
Protecting forests is more critical than ever. With more than half of the world’s original forest gone, North America, along with Russia and Brazil house the majority of what remains. Only 20% of our world’s original forests remain in areas large enough to sustain the natural range of species and forest functions
“We know not what we destroy” – Interesting forest facts:
Trees are some of the largest, longest-living organisms on our planet
Several miles of nutrient fixing fungal filaments (mycorrhizal fungi) can be present in a thimble of soil in the forest
Trees “communicate” to each other by secreting chemicals. In fact, they can send warnings about pests that cause other trees to produce pest resistant chemicals in their bark and needles
ForestEthics.org just had a major victory in protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia
here’s what they wrote about it:
Breaking News: 85% of Great Bear Rainforest is now legally off limits to logging. The First Nations of the region and the province of British Columbia announced on February 1, 2016, the finalization of legal forest management and protection measures and community wellbeing agreements.
This comprehensive Ecosystem Based Management plan for healthy forests and communities makes the Great Bear Rainforest one of the world’s landscapes of hope.
What This Agreement Means:
After almost 20 years of intensive work moving from conflict to collaboration and negotiations the promise of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements has been realized.
85% of the Great Bear Rainforests has been set legally off limits to logging (protecting the full range of forest ecosystems under a new designation called Natural Forests and new protected areas)
First Nations in the region are now co-decision makers, with the province, over their lands and measures to sustain the vitality of their communities and culture have been agreed to between them and the province
Commercial forestry is being significantly reduced and has new tighter regulations with an additional 40% reduction of logging since 2006.
Logging is restricted to 15% of the GBR under a new legal designation called Managed Forests
A world-leading model for responsible logging that looks to simultaneously address economic, social and conservation needs.
Transparency of outcomes as logging companies will have to report out annually how they are achieving the conservation targets.
All photos are from ForestEthics.org
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