The Khasi Hills, part of the Meghalaya subtropical forest ecoregion and the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, is known for being the wettest place on earth and having a rich and unique biodiversity. The district is home to sacred forests, which are valued for their role in protecting water sources and conserving wildlife, and houses large ancient stone monoliths dating back centuries. Threatened by charcoal production, stone quarrying, animal grazing and climate change, the biodiversity hotspot has only 5% of its original forest remaining. WeForest has partnered with 11 indigenous governments and 75 Khasi villages to regenerate their forest through assisted natural regeneration, enrichment planting and involving local communities to manage tree nurseries, put limitations on how much forest can be used for animal grazing and other human activities, to weed and to establish natural fire lines, among others. They have already restored 8360 acres of forest and planted 2,332,400 trees, sequestering an estimated 574,828 tons of carbon dioxide, while also tackling poverty in the region.
The world lost 52% of its biodiversity between 1970 and 2010, while the human population doubled. Earth’s biodiversity is crucial to the survival of all living things, making measures to restore the landscape while developing capacity to support people’s livelihoods imperative. The Indo-Burma hotspot has around 12,000 endemic vascular plants and its wetlands support more species of freshwater turtles than anywhere else on Earth. The carbon sequestration power of second-growth forests combined with the vast area being restored provides Khasi Hills with a vital role in reversing the consequences of climate change on the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot and worldwide. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that aquatic freshwater habitats and areas hosting large numbers of endemic species, like Indo-Burma, are most vulnerable to climate change and wildlife mass extinction.
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We imagine a world where communities and nations sustainably manage their forests and natural resources for the benefit of our climate, our environment and humanity. Our goal is to successfully transform 250,000 ha of forest landscape by 2021, restoring 25,000 ha of forests (with an estimate of 25 million trees) demonstrating FLR best practices in different ecosystems and leading to the adoption of an international standard. Building upon corporate and scientific partnerships, we empower communities to sustainably advance and implement innovative, high standard, scalable and lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes.