Afforestation of Generation Forests as part of the climate solution

With our Generation Forests we have developed a flagship project, which promotes biological diversity and substantially strengthens Nature’s resilience. In a nutshell: A climate solution that is Nature-positive. 
 
Our afforestation areas comprise several generations of valuable tree species native to Central America. We apply an innovative approach to create a diverse forest over time, which is economically self-sustaining and closely resembles a naturally-occurring rainforest.

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Our forests and our climate are under threat

Our forests can make a decisive contribution to the stabilisation of the global climate. But instead, every year the loss and degradation of our forests significantly contribute to the extinction of species and climate change. The intensive clearing of forests present us with far-reaching problems: they can no longer protect us from the impending impacts of climate change that occur in the form of violent storms and droughts. In addition, numerous forests are no longer as healthy and resilient as before. Through our commitment to tackle climate change, create new habitats, and link ecosystems, we can reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases and future pandemics. There is a phenomenon called the “Dilution Effect”, which describes how the destruction of intact ecosystems can promote the emergence of pandemics. Through our afforestation projects and the  protection of rainforests, we are strengthening the resilience of our natural biotopes. 
So not only are Nature and our climate endangered, for the sustainable availability of timber as a resource is likewise at risk. Therefore, stopping global deforestation and forest degradation, together with the renaturation of areas already degraded, is one of our most crucial tasks.

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Turnaround in forestry management to reduce CO₂

Deforestation and the resulting change in land use account for approximately 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions.1 
 
Instead of focussing on offsetting or damage limitation, we have to act in a nature-positive way in order to sustainably restore the resilience of nature, society and our planet. Apart from the consequential reduction of emissions, it is therefore necessary to facilitate the additional absorption of harmful CO₂ without causing ecological damage. 
 
The solution: Our Generation Forests, which every year absorb 20 tonnes of CO₂ per hectare of trees, plants, and soil and which grow four times as fast as European forests! 

Furthermore, through ecological forestry our forests can absorb almost three times more carbon in their living biomass than in the case of conventional forestry methods. Because our forests will, at the same time, become near-natural again, they constitute an important prerequisite for the conservation of the natural diversity of species and the fulfilment of international conventions and treaties. Of course, this means we have to exhibit a considerably more responsible handling of timber as a resource and achieve greater productivity of resources – defining features of our Generation Forests.

[Translate to English:] Generationenwälder gegen Klimawandel

Our Generation Forests against climate change

Through the reforestation of tropical rainforests, we can take effective action against climate change. For we plant trees in exactly those places where the need is particularly high due to the tremendous destruction that has happened there. 

Compared to conventional forests, the tropical rainforest comes with even more advantages: 

  • The leaf canopy of our mixed forests protect the soil from the sun, wind and heavy rains, and help to cool it, too.
     
  • Our forests are some of the most important drinking-water filters in the world, because they function like a sponge whereby the water does not flow off across the surface, but is instead slowly absorbed and filtered into the groundwater.

Where is reforestation taking place?

Our project sites in Panama will show you the progress of our Generation Forests. Others will be regularly added, and our forests will continue to grow. We are growth steadily and assuredly – with an ecologically and economically rational alternative orientated towards the natural rainforest.

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    290 hectares | 6 Fincas

    Agua Fria

    In 2017, we began our first afforestation project in Panama and gave it the name La Reina. We bought this area of land to demonstrate how you can transform a monoculture into a Generation Forest.

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  • the-generation-forest-Nationalpark-Wasser-Land-header-Aufforstungsprojekt-Colon

    148 hectares | 3 Fincas

    Colón

    Our fincas are located in the water catchment area of the Panama Canal, meaning that our forests not only absorb CO2 but also positively contribute to the water management of a waterway so crucial to the global economy.

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  • the-generation-forest-Nationalpark-Wasser-Land-header-Aufforstungsprojekt-Nicanor

    119,5 hectares | 2 Fincas

    Nicanor

    Some time ago the forests here were cleared for grazing land. The previous owner used one of the spaces as a paddock.

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  • the-generation-forest-Nationalpark-Wasser-Land-header-Aufforstungsprojekt-Lastenia

    319 hectares | 3 Finca

    Lastenia

    20 years ago, the area in which the fincas are located was covered with exotic wood forests.

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  • the-generation-forest-Nationalpark-Wasser-Land-m6 Tello-Aufforstungsprojekt-Claritas

    569 hectares | 14 Fincas

    Claritas

    The area adjoins the indigenous territory of Guna de Wargandí. It reinforces the local protection zones and extends the existing habitats.

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Generation Forests – the most sustainable method of afforestation

The concept of Generation Forests is based on a forestry principle that takes equal account of the needs of people and the environment. Furthermore, it is orientated towards the natural rainforest for this has proven its resistance over millions of years.

Our goal: to fill degraded land with life again.

We want to create large and healthy forests that are both ecologically and economically valuable. With the Generation Forest, we are pursuing a robust and yield-proof concept that turns fallow pastures or former monoculture plantations into mixed forests rich in species. In this way, we offer a local economic alternative to unsustainable soybean cultivation and livestock farming and create a social perspective.

Creation of a permanent mixed forest

Generation Forests are planted with a balanced mix of local tree species that are ideally suited to the environment, meaning they can grow optimally. In contrast to monoculture plantations, we only remove individual trees and the resulting gaps are quickly planted with new saplings so creating a “multi-storey” ecosystem orientated towards a rainforest. 

This resilient, permanent mixed forest comprising young and mature trees not only makes a positive impact on our climate, but also provides a home to 50% of the species of flora and fauna living on the land, as well as economic prospects to the local people. In this way, we are creating an all-embracing, sustainable economy.

The cooperative is a way for me as an individual to play a small part in balancing the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability. Local employees play an important role in the cooperative's reforestation projects. When you talk to them, you sense that they feel involved in every tree that is planted in our forests.

Iliana Armién

Co-Founder and Board Member - The Generation Forest

[Translate to English:] Mitgründerin Iliana Armién
[Translate to English:] Generationswälder Partner

Our long-standing partnership

The Generation Forest concept was developed by our team of founders, Iliana Armién and Andreas Eke, in collaboration with important stakeholders such as the indigenous communities, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme (link to partners’ websites). THE GENERATION FOREST is a cooperative initiated for the purpose of realising as many Generation Forests as possible. 

Our partner FUTURO FORESTAL is responsible for the on-site operational activities. This is an organisation with almost 30 years of experience in sustainable afforestation, and it has supported us from our formation. We are proud of our lengthy collaboration with this pioneer, which is the first forestry enterprise in Panama to have been awarded a B-Corp certification.