Global governments have been discussing how to deal with climate change at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings since 1992. As the decades progress, emissions have continued to rise: We are now so close to the maximum atmospheric carbon dioxide the world can handle that as well as decarbonising our energy, transport and food infrastructure, and halting deforestation, countries will need to also remove emissions from the atmosphere.

The only scientifically proven way to do this is to plant and restore forests, but we must never forget that for people who live in and depend on forests, they’re not just carbon sinks: they are their pharmacy, their culture, their supermarket and their home.

They have an intimate understanding of their land and their environment. For them, restoring the forest is not just about protecting the climate, it’s about providing for their family and improving their future. No one is better placed to restore and protect our forests than the people whose livelihoods directly depend upon it.

Fern works with forest and climate experts to ensure they reflect each others’ research. On the climate side we work to ensure forest carbon sequestration is done as well as, not instead of emissions reductions in other areas. On the forest side, we ensure that civil society is involved in designing and implementing forest restoration projects which strengthen community land rights and achieve restoration projects which store carbon for the long-term.

Key publications
Read Return of the Trees to find out how local restoration could remove 500 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and watch Putting Down Roots.
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