1,000,000 TREES CAMPAIGN

Conserve Natural Forests (CNF) needs your help to meet our goal of planting 1,000,000 native trees in the tropical mountain forests of northern Thailand. Please help us reduce your carbon footprint and restore a beautiful ecosystem!

WHO WE ARE

We are a conservation nonprofit – Our mission is to restore ecosystems damaged by human disturbance and rehabilitate critically endangered animal species using practical, proven methods to maximize success rates. 

We work with local communities to exchange knowledge and raise awareness about environmental conservation. Last year, with a little help from our friends, we planted over 190,000 native trees throughout the Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai provinces. This would not have been possible without the invaluable support of local communities, including neighbors, the military, university students, primary schoolchildren, and the local government, who help us to restore their land.

WHO WE ARE

We are a conservation nonprofit – Our mission is to restore ecosystems damaged by human disturbance and rehabilitate critically endangered animal species using practical, proven methods to maximize success rates. 

We work with local communities to exchange knowledge and raise awareness about environmental conservation. Last year, with a little help from our friends, we planted over 190,000 native trees throughout the Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai provinces. This would not have been possible without the invaluable support of local communities, including neighbors, the military, university students, primary schoolchildren, and the local government, who help us to restore their land.

CLIMATE CRISIS

There is still a lot of work to be done. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were the highest in human history between 2000 and 2010 at 49 GtCO2eq/yr. That’s 49 billion tons per year, and this astronomical number is rising. Carbon dioxide accounts for 76% of GHG emissions, which is mainly released by burning fossil fuels. The average American car releases 4,700 kilos of CO2 per year. The average American home produces 7,500 of CO2 per year. A one-way flight from San Francisco to Bangkok is equivalent to 2,670 kilos of CO2 per passenger. Numbers like these are
enough to diminish hope and discourage change. What can be done against such overwhelming odds?

WHAT CAN WE DO?

One answer: Plant trees! Here at CNF, we believe that every little effort makes a difference. Or in this case, every little tree. With enough trees we have a forest, and forests provide a wealth of critical resources to our world, including medicines, timber, food, and clean water. They also function as carbon sinks, meaning they sequester carbon from the atmosphere and release oxygen back into the air for us to breathe. Carbon is the basis for 50% of the dry weight of most trees spread throughout roots, trunks, branches, and leaves. Every gram of carbon stored in trees as they grow is a gram that is not released back into the atmosphere. And trees are the gifts that keep on giving. If you plant 200 trees, you offset your car’s carbon emissions for the next thirty years. 500 trees will offset your household and your car. Imagine reducing your carbon footprint to zero for decades and restoring a beautiful ecosystem at the same time.

FORESTS ARE NOT ONLY CARBON SINKS

While trees are currently the best technology we have for capturing CO2 emissions, sequestration is not their only (or even their most important) function. Most ecologists agree that prioritizing biodiversity always includes carbon benefits, but with the reverse – focusing too much on carbon storage – we can lose sight of what trees do best. With enough trees we have a forest, and forests supply a wealth of essential services that we depend upon, including cleaner air, purified water, and healthier soil. Forests prevent erosion, protect our communities from landslides, flooding, avalanches, and other natural hazards. They beautify and enrich the landscapes that we hold sacred. They provide us with medicines and food and shelter, they keep us warm and fashion our tools and build the bedframe and our favorite chair, the roof and the walls and the foundation. For as long as we have been here, forests have nourished and sustained us. 

Here at Conserve Natural Forests, we emphasize that carbon sequestration is only one of the ways that forests help us to thrive. That’s why our prime directive is a holistic approach to forest restoration that considers the myriad of benefits that trees provision here in the mountains of Northern Thailand and across the world. 

When you give to the forest, the forest gives back.

Calculating your carbon footprint and the best way to reduce it can be very complicated. Reducing consumption and committing to sustainable alternatives are not only recommended – they are necessary and urgent. Some of these changes are relatively straightforward – carpooling, biking, electric cars, no wasted food, buying local, and more. Some are less straightforward, but arguably more important: contacting your political representatives, advocating policy change, organized demonstrations and protests, and especially voting. But despite our best efforts, we still live in a world that is highly dependent on fossil fuels (for now, at least). The heat in your home, lack of public transportation infrastructure, emergency flights – sometimes we have no choice. We at CNF have compiled data from partner organizations along with own research to estimate how many trees you would need to plant to effectively reduce your necessary emissions. Complex problems require complex solutions. So get out and vote, ride a bike, and let’s plant some trees!

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€1,496 of €25,000 raised
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Donation Total: €100.00

If you’d like to donate, you can select a preset amount from the list which is based on the carbon emissions of the average person.  If you’d like to find out exactly how many trees you’d need to plant to offset your annual carbon emissions, you can use the carbon footprint calculator below, and enter your result into our tree calculator.  This will tell you how much you need to donate to offset your annual emissions through tree-planting.

If you are a business that believes in the value of fighting deforestation and habitat degradation and wants to reduce emissions, we are here to help! Please contact us at info@conservenaturalforests.org and we will assist you with designing a mitigation plan that aligns with your mission as well as ours.

€ Total:

If you’d like to donate, you can select a preset amount from the list which is based on the carbon emissions of the average person.  If you’d like to find out exactly how many trees you’d need to plant to offset your annual carbon emissions, you can use the carbon footprint calculator below, and enter your result into our tree calculator.  This will tell you how much you need to donate to offset your annual emissions through tree-planting.

If you are a business that believes in the value of fighting deforestation and habitat degradation and wants to reduce emissions, we are here to help! Please contact us at info@conservenaturalforests.org and we will assist you with designing a mitigation plan that aligns with your mission as well as ours.

Donate Anchor

€ Total:

€1,496 of €25,000 raised
Select Payment Method
Personal Info

Donation Total: €100.00

HELP US RESTORE ELEPHANTS

TO THEIR NATURAL HABITAT

Conserve Natural Forests is a nonprofit in northern Thailand that seeks to reintroduce captive Asian elephants to protected natural habitats. This keystone species’ reduced presence in our tropical forests upsets the natural equilibrium, contributing to the unchecked growth and spread of dominant plant species and a reduction in overall seed germination and dispersal. Our plan provides a path to reunite elephants with the ecosystems that need them.
We work hard to ethically and sustainably relocate females to our project site, where they learn to forage, socialize, and care for themselves in a safe and abundant environment. Their natural habits also encourage landscape succession on our project site through nutrient cycling and seed dispersal. We would like to study the dynamic between elephants and tropical forests in Thailand and contribute practical, valuable data to the limited research currently available. When the elephants are ready, we will reintroduce them to a national park or wildlife refuge.

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Building a sustainable future, one tree at a time.

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