SEATTLE, Washington – Churches around the world are fighting for revitalized tree cover. The loss of biodiversity and efforts to contain climate change are the driving forces behind this renewed interest in forests. Unfortunately, high costs in developing countries and poor political resolve in rich countries continue to frustrate reforestation efforts. Fortunately, innovative startups in the US are gaining ground by using reforestation drones to radically reduce reforestation costs. These developments are now enabling private companies to lead the way in revitalizing forests and curbing climate change.
The advantages of the forests
In addition to the obvious benefits of increased forest cover, which include natural carbon sequestration and enhancing biodiversity, impoverished communities also benefit greatly. For example, increased tree cover leads to increased local water quality. Forests also help slow or reverse desertification, a major problem in developing countries, and improve soil health.