Three Innovations Leading the Fight to Save the World's Forests
Reprinted from World Economic Forum
Inga Foundation, winner of our 2019 NextGen Committee Grant, has been named one of three winners in the Uplink Trillion Trees Challenge.
This article has been published by the World Economic Forum as part of the Sustainable Development Impact Summit.
- Our forests face an unprecedented set of interconnected challenges.
- The winners of the UpLink Trillion Trees Challenge, a competition to find the best ideas to save our forests, have been announced.
- UpLink connects the next generation of change-makers and social entrepreneurs to networks of leaders with the resources, expertise and experience to create an impact.
Forests are critical to the health of the planet. They sequester carbon, regulate global temperatures and freshwater flows, recharge groundwater, anchor fertile soil and act as flood barriers. They harbour 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, and are a treasure trove of innovation and a source of subsistence and survival for 350 million people.
Conserving existing forests, restoring forest ecosystems and reforesting suitable lands is essential if we are to transition to a sustainable pathway for our economies and societies at the required speed and scale.
1t.org serves a global movement to conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees by 2030. A focus on forests is a key part of the solution to effectively address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, and offer opportunities to deliver greater sustainability, resilience and equity. As part of its work, 1t.org seeks to unlock innovative solutions to accelerate and scale forest conservation and restoration.