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Driving impact in Australia

If you are from Australia, the program supported is the Byron Shire Wildlife Corridor Restoration program, run by One Tree Planted.

Key impact areas: biodiversity/habitats, climate stability and soil stability and erosion control.

The Byron Shire region was once home to Australia’s largest expanse of subtropical rainforest. Over the last 200 years extensive clearing for agriculture and logging has left a highly fragmented forest.

Fragmentation threatens a forest as the small fragments are drier and increasingly vulnerable to climate change. As the climate changes these fragments of subtropical rainforest can lose their ability to withstand heat and drought, as they perish the rainforest retracts further and the ecological community shrinks. The fragmented nature of this forest ecosystem is also a problem for the wildlife and our unique biodiversity. These fragments are ‘stepping stones’ that link existing forest habitat and are essential for wildlife to move around. The long-term viability of biodiversity in Byron Shire depends on enhancement of protected wildlife corridors and ‘stepping stones’, that link existing habitat areas to the larger national park and nature reserves.

The Byron Shire Council and NSW Government have identified properties where these wildlife corridors exist or where additional restoration and reforestation can be targeted to build corridors. They are key locations to support wildlife and the forest ecosystem.

Ecological benefits

  • Planting endangered and critically endangered tree species
  • Connecting fragmented populations of wildlife to support genetic diversity
  • Supporting a shrinking rainforest ecosystem
  • Increasing soil stability by reforesting a cleared paddock
  • Increasing habitat size for the iconic and endangered Alberts Lyre Bird

    Community benefits

The community of the Byron Shire is highly supportive of reforestation and regularly attend tree planting volunteer days. The community will benefit from increased volunteer opportunities and involvement in a large reforestation effort. Additionally, this project will provide five years of employment for environmental workers.

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Driving impact in New Zealand

If you are from New Zealand, you will be supporting the Waingake Native Restoration program, run by One Tree Planted.

Key impact areas: Biodiversity/Habitats, Climate Stability, Soil Stability and Erosion Control

Tairāwhiti has experienced massive historic losses of a range of ecosystems and biodiversity. We expect to see significant natural regeneration of indigenous vegetation occurring at Waingake, with an improvement in the structure and composition of the forest. 

The restoration area is contiguous with 1100 ha of primary native lowland forest (Waingake Waterworks Bush) which is home to a diversity of species including rare and threatened flora and fauna. The programme will create valuable additional habitat and provide a buffer of protection on the southern edges of Waingake Waterworks Bush from natural impacts such as wind damage and desiccation, to allow its long-term survival. Together these areas have the potential to be a major biodiversity asset for Tairāwhiti and a haven for taonga species.

The combined restoration planting, weed control and pest control components of the programme will aid in the protection of highly erodible land in the headwaters of three significant catchments; the Te Arai, Mangapoike and Nuhaka. Establishing permanent indigenous cover in these catchments and removing pest species provides an integrated approach to reducing sediment, lifting water quality, restoring mauri and upholding Te Mana o Te Wai.

We anticipate the project will lead to improved long term land stability which is critical given changing climate scenarios e.g increased intensity and frequency of storm events. In addition to helping mitigate the effects of climate change, the project will support the sustained capacity for carbon storage in old and new growth forest at Waingake.

There are positive cultural, social and environmental impacts from better connection to Te Mauri ō Ngāhere and from the passive value of improved heritage areas. An economic analysis of the benefits of the Transformation Programme, commissioned in 2019, found that these impacts are felt throughout New Zealand, rather than just being restricted to Tairāwhiti. The benefits accrue in four wellbeing areas:
 

  • Social wellbeing – enhanced through civic pride and enjoyment of natural areas
  • Economic wellbeing – through associated commercial opportunities, potential for tourism, and water supply security
  • Environmental wellbeing – GHG sequestration, reduced risk to sensitive environments, enhanced environmental awareness
  • Cultural wellbeing – connectivity to Te Mauri o Ngahere and heritage areas

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1) By signing up to the Philips database, between 1 August to 11 December 2022, Philips will be planting a tree for every new subscription. In the unlikely event that these two programs do not proceed, Philips and One Tree Planted will work together to find a suitable alternative.

This program is in partnership with One Tree Planted. About One Tree Planted One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more, visit onetreeplanted.org

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