So why is it that Stand For Trees projects are so valuable to wildlife?
Many species need large areas of pristine forest to thrive. Others migrate through long land corridors every year. Still others are always living in fear of poaching and illegal hunting.
You may notice a theme: habitat loss. That’s probably the biggest threat to most wildlife, other than hunting. And animals might even be safer from hunting if they have enough forest to hide in.
REDD+ and wildlife
Enter REDD+. By definition, it protects large areas of forest – that’s how it prevents climate change. And that means it is perfectly suited to also saving wildlife. Our largest project, Cordillera Azul National Park in Peru, is 1.5 million hectares! All together, Stand For Trees projects protect a land area that is larger than many countries.
Because they’re so large, our projects provide the habitat animals need. And that’s not all: just like for climate change, they also have to show that they are helping wildlife. This could mean a few different things, like:
- monitoring wildlife numbers
- patrolling to make sure there is no illegal logging or hunting.
- running rescue centre
- proving that wildlife populations are stable or improving
In other words, they have to prove that they are helping wildlife thrive.
What does this all mean?
Animals are resilient – but they need habitat. Even endangered ones can recover if given the chance. But they can’t do it themselves, and they can’t do it without safe havens. Our projects give them that space.
Buying a Stand For Trees certificate means that you have helped save endangered species all over the world.