Reforestation to rescue the world

Reforestation works, Loess plateau China, agriculture

The area of restoration on the Loess Plateau in China is the size of Belgium and thousands of years of subsistence farming had made it barren and infertile.

Large, decimated ecosystems can be restored. Bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and the results are key to stabilizing the earth’s climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality.
Under the guidance of a few people who have knowledge and vision, local uneducated rural poor can to restore empty, degraded ecosystems — transforming them into fertile, life-sustaining environments which enable people to break free from entrenched poverty.


This is the simple application of Agricultural Natural Technology Solutions and Permaculture Design principles, such as earthworks, water harvesting, soil building, creating biodiversity.


Transfermation into hyper-productive land

The area of restoration on the Loess Plateau in China is the size of Belgium and thousands of years of subsistence farming had made it barren and infertile. In 1995 the Chinese Government, with support from The World Bank, took drastic action to rehabilitate the plateau, and local people — seen as both perpetuators and victims of the devastation — became part of the solution. They completely transformed 8.6 million acres of wasteland into hyper-productive land. This caused a 300% increase in agricultural income and enabled millions of local family farmers to break free from entrenched poverty.


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One Response to Reforestation to rescue the world

  1. Maria Alice van Genne-Bogado Fernandes says:

    We have a similar region in the north of Argentina that has the same problem, with the same causes and results as the ones shown in this video.
    I am just back from a discussion panel over the river Paraíba do Sul and the problems of water that reaches Rio and São Paulo.
    I can tell you already a couple of things.
    a) the technicians know everything about the problem;
    b) they have the most detailed data about it. From a hundred years ago till today;
    c) they know the causes of the problem and how dramatic the situation is;
    d) you can’t imagine how many people, associations, committees, institutions are involved with this issue, trying to find a way to solve it.

    But they all stumble with two major obstacles:
    1) political engagement, that means, the authorities or governmentss are still not giving the needed attention and resources to tackle it. Too much talk and too little action. Doing so, it is impossible to solve it;
    2) the population that will suffer doesn’t know the gravity of the problem, nor it is informed about the needed projects to avoid or solve it.

    Without the support of the population, without the population pushing the authorities and governments, we will never have this problem solved. We said this before in the LinkedIn debate.

    Exactly today, a report was published, confirming the idea that the deforestation in Amazon is responsible for the drought in the Southeast of Brazil.

    In this report, it is told that 2.000 trees per MINUTE were cut in the last 40 years. An area of the size of two Germanys! If this continues, not only the Amazon Region will be turned into a desert, but also the Southeast.

    I asked about what were the plans and resources to reforest Rio de Janeiro, where it is needed. They didn’t answer. They only quote the fight they had in the last fire in a National Park and that the SOS Mata Atlântica was making some projects. That is all. Nothing like sound, pragmatic, feasible, urgent policies and guidelines in the matter. Nothing about budgets, resources to deal with it. Meanwhile, everyone is betting and praying for rain, otherwise…. October didn’t even reach the amount of rain that fell in October last year. This drought is confirmed now to be even worse than the one in 2003. It is the greatest in 80 years. The time is to act! Not to study anything anymore. We know already what is needed to start the fight against drought. How we will convince governments and the population, how can we accelerate government measures in this matter are the questions to be answered. Not only for Brazil, but for the rest of the world.

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