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What is the generational forest model?

What is a
Generation Forest?

The generation forest is a forestry model that was developed to help create a forest that provides for the needs of humanity as well as the environment. What makes it unique among other reforestation projects is that the forests are not clear-cut as they are in plantations. Instead of a monoculture, we plant a healthy mixture of different native tree species to create a dynamic ecosystem. Young and old trees are cultivated alongside one another in a permanent system: the generations of trees have a positive effect on their surrounding forest as well as on the animals that live within them.

When starting new projects, we first look for suitable land. As a rule, these are pastures whose productivity has declined to such an extent that they are no longer valuable to farmers. After a site and soil analysis, a special mixture of native tree species is developed and planted, Later, the stock is thinned out in order to promote the strongest individuals. From then on, we selectively remove mature trees and replace them with new ones.

The generation forest is a forestry model that was developed to help create a forest that provides for the needs of humanity as well as the environment. What makes it unique among other reforestation projects is that the forests are not clear-cut as they are in plantations. Instead of a monoculture, we plant a healthy mixture of different native tree species to create a dynamic ecosystem. Young and old trees are cultivated alongside one another in a permanent system: the generations of trees have a positive effect on their surrounding forest as well as on the animals that live within them.

When starting new projects, we first look for suitable land. As a rule, these are pastures whose productivity has declined to such an extent that they are no longer valuable to farmers. After a site and soil analysis, a special mixture of native tree species is developed and planted, Later, the stock is thinned out in order to promote the strongest individuals. From then on, we selectively remove mature trees and replace them with new ones.

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Advantages of a generation forest

Local tree species
Native tree species are optimally adapted to the local environment. Their growth in most soils is much faster than that of exotic tree species such as teak or eucalyptus.
Healthy, mixed forest
We currently have a portfolio of 20 different tree species. This allows us to formulate the best mix of species for each project area’s unique characteristics.
High biodiversity
Reforestations with native tree species provide a habitat for a variety of animals.
Long-term yield
Our forests are intended to be permanent features of the landscape and will benefit our members and future generations alike.

Our reforestation projects

Our
reforestation
projects

La Reina

Region: Darién

Size: 25 hectares

Projectstart: 2017

Rio Gatùn 1

Region: Colón

Size: 49 hectares

Projectstart: 2019

Rio Gatùn 2

Region: Colón

Size: 50 hectares

Projectstart: 2020

La Conexión

Region: Colón

Size: 49 hectares

Projectstart: 2019

La Reina

Region: Darién

Size: 25 hectares

Projectstart: 2017

Rio Gatùn 1

Region: Colón

Size: 48 hectares

Projectstart: 2019

Rio Gatùn 2

Region: Colón

Size: 48 hectares

Projectstart: 2020

La Conneción

Region: Colón

Size: 48 hectares

Projectstart: 2020

Forestry Partner

Futuro Forestal, founded in 1994

When Panamanian forestry engineer Iliana Armién and Hamburg geographer Andreas Eke founded Futuro Forestal in Panama in 1994, there were only a few sustainable reforestation projects in Central America. Futuro Forestal implemented the first FSC-certified project in Panama, with another following in Nicaragua shortly afterwards. With their project on the Panamanian island of Cebaco, Armién and Eke were the first to follow a reforestation program that utilized local rather than exotic species. In the 25 years since, they have gained experience with over 70 native tree species, 20+ of which are prominently featured in their reforestation projects. To date, Futuro Forestal has planted over 9 million trees (equivalent to 9000 hectares of forest) on the behalf of private individuals, families, and institutional investors. Additionally, Futuro Forestal has invested in more than 50 different social projects throughout Central America.

Forestry Partner

Futuro Forestal, founded in 1994

When Panamanian forestry engineer Iliana Armién and Hamburg geographer Andreas Eke founded Futuro Forestal in Panama in 1994, there were only a few sustainable reforestation projects in Central America. Futuro Forestal implemented the first FSC-certified project in Panama, with another following in Nicaragua shortly afterwards. With their project on the Panamanian island of Cebaco, Armién and Eke were the first to follow a reforestation program that utilized local rather than exotic species. In the 25 years since, they have gained experience with over 70 native tree species, 20+ of which are prominently featured in their reforestation projects. To date, Futuro Forestal has planted over 9 million trees (equivalent to 9000 hectares of forest) on the behalf of private individuals, families, and institutional investors. Additionally, Futuro Forestal has invested in more than 50 different social projects throughout Central America.

Your Generation Forest starts here

Your Generation Forest starts here