In the last hundred years, accelerated population growth and industrial development has led to the destruction of most of the world's original forests with effects that are only starting to be fully understood.

What we do know is that forests provide a myriad of ecological benefits for all living creatures including food, shelter, materials and medicine. They also help develop and protect local ecosystems in terms of watershed management, nutrient recycling, soil protection and biodiversity.

Good Earth Power is committed to sustainable forestry in Africa and will focus on the following areas:

1 Reforestation & Afforestation
- reforestation of regions previously covered with forests
- afforestation of areas in danger of desertification
- help stabilise the water table and prevent desertification
- restore natural wildlife habitats

2 Responsible Timber
- manage sustainable, diverse plantations incorporating innovative techniques to increase tree yields
- draw on global expertise to grow trees 3-5x faster than normal, through proper soiling, irrigation, tissue cultures, and accumulated experience
- facilitate the creation of a transparent export market delivering full value to all stakeholders, especially local communities

3 Forest Protection
- protection of remaining forests to preserve natural ecosystem services such as watershed protection, water flow regulation, nutrient recycling and rainfall generation
- nurture forest resource management as a source of shelter, fuel, food and medicines for local communities
- work with international initiatives such as REDD to generate carbon credit income from reduction of carbon emissions and carbon storage
- work with leading international academic and research institutions to catalogue and research medicinal and other positive attributes of all species
Facts of Forests
  • Deforestation and forest degradation account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, second only to the energy sector1
  • Forest resources directly support the livelihoods of 90% of the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty 2
  • Forests are home to 90% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity 2
  • More than 70,000 plant species are used in traditional and modern medicine 3
1 1 UN-REDD Programme'Sustaining Forests: A Development
2 Strategy',The World Bank, 2004