Tropical rainforests provide many ecosystem services, including absorbing carbon and filtering water, and although they now comprise only five percent of the world's landmass (as opposed to 12 percent previously) restoration efforts are underway to reverse this trend. Project Drawdown ranks tropical rainforest restoration as the fifth most powerful strategy we can pursue for slowing and eventually reversing climate change. If these efforts continue, these valuable ecosystems could sequester 61.23 gigatons of CO2 emissions by the year 2050.
The stories in this collection (see below) demonstrate how people around the world are working to restore degraded tropical forests. In Malawi, using a three-pronged approach of providing water filters, planting trees, and using effective cookstoves has helped curb rapid deforestation. Other regions have come up with solutions, like substituting using tropical forests for fast-growing bamboo as a firewood source in Africa, and partnerships with indigenous communities that offer compensation in return for forest protection. Columbia is also building an ecotourism industry to incentivize leaving forests in-tact and drones are being used to re-plant forests in Myanmar.
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