Fortress Recycling has today announced its support for a project that is fighting to save the Amazonian Rainforest in Brazil. Fortress has been supporting various renewable energy projects around the world as part of its carbon neutral offsets for the last 5 years, but this is the first time the company has funded efforts to reduce deforestation.
The project area is part of the Amazon, the largest remaining rainforest on our planet. The Amazon is known for its amazing biodiversity; it is home to many endangered species that rely on it for their survival. The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by stopping the deforestation of degraded to mature forests.
Deforestation is mostly the result of the illegal invasion and grabbing of privately owned land to be used for logging, slash-and-burn agriculture and cattle ranching. The area of rainforest currently under protection from the project is 177,209-acres (71,714-hectares).
The project assures the continuation of ongoing activities for forest protection plus the following actions:
- Long-term protection of the project area and opposition to invasion by land grabbers;
- Creation of incentives to recover degraded areas of forest;
- Improvement in local security through project monitoring and sharing of information;
- Organisation of forest fire brigades;
- Funding a technical forestry school in the municipality of Colniza.
- Regular monitoring by satellite images of the project area and physical surveillance of deforestation within and on the borders of the project area, to ensure the maintenance and preservation of the forest.
Fortress Director Robert Pass said; “I’m delighted to announce our new ‘Fortress For-Trees’ campaign. The rainforests are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. They are one of the world’s primary carbon reservoirs. By absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, storing the carbon and giving us oxygen to breathe, tropical forests act as the Earth’s thermostat, regulating temperatures and weather patterns. Like all businesses, we are unable to run our operation without producing our own carbon-footprint, but ‘Fortress For-Trees’ is about preventing carbon emissions elsewhere by sponsoring organisations on the front-line in the fight to preserve the Amazon Rainforest.”
- The loss of our forests contributes to between 12 and 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions each year — to put that in perspective, all the world’s transport combined contributes to about 13.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
- Rainforests only cover around 6% of the total land-mass of the Earth, but contain about 50% of the world’s plant and animal species.
- Around 80% of the food we eat originally came from rainforests. Some of the more popular examples include coffee, chocolate, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, black pepper, pineapples and corn.
- 25% of ingredients in modern medicines come from rainforest plants and that’s after only about 1% of rainforest plants have been examined for their medicinal properties.
- 20% of oxygen on Earth is created in the Amazon rainforest.
- The rainforests are being destroyed at a rate of 1.5 acres every second. That’s 50 football pitches a minute!