Deforestation is one of the biggest components of climate change, accounting for about 20% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. For this reason, re-greening the planet will be just as important a component of stopping climate change as cuts to fossil fuel consumption. Our forests extract CO2 from the atmosphere and capture it within the trees: 14 tons per hectare, annually. The carbon impact of purchasing one share in The Generation Forest is about equivalent to changing to a vegetarian diet. Just 10 shares are enough to offset a person’s entire lifetime carbon emissions.
Fair, safe work
As in many places around the world, people in Panama are moving from the countryside to the cities. In rural areas, jobs that offer both reasonable working conditions as well as social security are extremely scarce. We offer our employees good working and living conditions, creating stable and fair jobs for men and women alike. We pay salaries above the minimum wage, offer food vouchers, social insurance and additional private health insurance, as well as training and development opportunities such as helping workers acquire school-equivalency certifications.
Habitat for animals
Tropical forests are tremendously important to the world’s biodiversity. They cover only about eight percent of the Earth’s land area, but are home to over half of terrestrial animal and plant species. Our project area is in one of the most species-rich regions of the world. With scientific studies, we have been able to demonstrate that our forests give rare species a permanent home and help to network remaining habitats together.
Most soils in the tropics are severely damaged by deforestation. Though the forests are being destroyed to free up land for economic processes, almost 75% of rainforest soils are not suitable for livestock or agriculture. For these soils, our generation forest model offers a sustainable alternative that still provides an economic benefit. The permanent canopy protects against sun, wind, and heavy rain. In this way, the generation forest helps to protect the soil and to preserve – and even improve – it for future generations.
Storage of drinking water
Forests are one of the world’s largest reservoirs of drinking water. The forest acts like a sponge for rain – rather than running off the surface, it forms groundwater. In contrast to a plantation, the generation forest stays forever, and therefore offers a permanent groundwater storage solution. This effectively stabilizes the water balance for the local population.