We have already passed the threshold for the atmospheric carbon dioxide our planet can handle. Cutting emissions by transforming our energy, transport and food systems - while stopping razing forests - is not enough. We also need to remove carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. The only scientifically proven way to do this is by restoring natural biologically diverse forests, and nurturing trees on agricultural land. This has to be done in harmony with the people who live in and depend on forests. Respecting local customary land needs and rights will help people, wildlife and our climate.

The EU and its Member States must set national targets to restore forests and enshrine them in the EU’s climate and biodiversity policies. Local people and civil society must be consulted in their design and implementation.

The same is true of international restoration efforts, we don’t need to just plant trillions of trees, we need to work with communities to restore degraded forests.

What are we doing? 

Working with forest, climate and human rights experts to campaign for forest restoration that benefits people, the climate and wildlife.

Who’s involved?

Fern works with forest, climate and human rights experts to ensure our work benefits people, the climate and biodiversity.

Together we can strengthen community land rights and achieve biodiverse restoration projects which store carbon for the long-term.

Read our principles on rights-based restoration 

Find out why forest restoration is best done with the full participation of local communities:

Read our principles

Climate solutions need to put people and forests first 

Find out how sustainable and community-led forestry can help tackle climate change:

Globally In Europe In France

Kelsey Perlman

Kelsey Perlman

Forest and Climate Campaigner (on maternity leave)

Siim Kuresoo

Siim Kuresoo

European Forest Campaigner

Sydney Vennin

Sydney Vennin

European Forest Campaigner

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