Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Our goal is many strong trees, which together form a robust forest. And the whole is greater than the sum of its parts: the forest is more than just a collection of trees – it is an ecosystem with a great many different functions and purposes.
One of these is regulating the climate: more rain falls on forests than in other places. Evaporation of this rain and shade from trees cool off our warmed-up earth. Moreover, trees prevent erosion, by absorbing wind and water, and their roots hold the soil together. The leaves absorb CO2 and store it within the tree. Forested areas are an important source of food, wood and other products, and accommodate high biodiversity. Forests make the earth and its inhabitants more resistant to climate change.
But forest ecosystems are under pressure throughout the entire world, due to deforestation and soil degradation. As many as 2 billion hectares have now become degraded. Thus, ecosystems function less efficiently, resulting in a deterioration of ecosystem services. If deforestation continues at this rate, the earth will ultimately no longer be habitable for humans.
We restore and protect forest ecosystems all over the world. We replant trees and protect existing forests. We safeguard the long-term sustainability of our projects, by continuing to monitor and evaluate the growth and development of the forest, and to cooperate closely with our local partners.
Forest restoration and conservation, REDD+, forest and climate policy, forest certification. Martijn holds a Master of Science degree in ‘Forest and Nature Conservation’ from the Wageningen University, and has 12 years of experience in forest and climate projects.
“As 10-year-old WNF ranger, I went from door to door in my street, selling square metres of tropical forest for fundraising. Now, I want to do something professionally that has real value and helps to make the world a better place. In my work for Face, I’m involved with forests and nature: the things in the world that are under the most pressure. For me, it’s about a combination of combating climate change and contributing to sustainable development.”
Wouter holds a Master of Science degree in ‘Forest and Nature Conservation’ from the Wageningen University, with specialisation in ‘Resource Ecology’. He has over 10 years of experience in forest ecology, forest and wildlife monitoring, agroforestry, REDD+, remote sensing and GIS.
“I became fascinated by tropical rainforests and the wildlife that lives in them when I was quite young. When I heard news stories about deforestation, I immediately thought about all those animals that no longer had any place to live. Student internships in tropical forests confirmed my fascination. I also learned that forests must be viewed in conjunction with the local population. That’s why I want to combine purposes in my work for Face, so that they reinforce each other. Thus, a forest with high biodiversity and food production – all working together.”
Kars holds a Master of Science degree in ‘Forest and
Nature Management’ from the Wageningen University, with specialisation in ‘Forestry
Economics and Environmental Policy’. He has over 10 years of experience in Forestry, forest restoration, forest monitoring, forest carbon and remote sensing and GIS.
“I grew up in a village in the middle of the Papuan tropical rainforest in Indonesia. I know from the time I spent there how extraordinary such an ecosystem is and how closely the culture of the inhabitants is tied to the forests. In my work for Face, I want to protect these ecosystems, by giving them economic value, other than just the timber alone.”