The forests need us
Deforestation is the major driver of climate change and responsible for 11% of the global greenhouse gas emission (IPCC,2018).
21% of the greenhouse gas emission comes from the manufacturing of plastic, steel, and cement (GatesNotes, 2018).The world needs high-quality and sustainable timber as it has a significantly lower carbon footprint - plus it looks amazing! For each tree we fell, three new trees are planted to ensure that we are continually increasing the number of trees.
The global forest coverage is shrinking every year and since 1990, the world has lost 178 million hectares of forest - an area about the size of France, Spain, Italy, the UK and Ireland combined. Between 2010 and 2020, 4,7 million hectares of forest were destroyed every year (FAO. 2020- Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020)
Forests support around 80% of all species living on land. Deforestation threatens their habits and can lead to species extinction. Since 1970, the global population of land-based animals has declined by 60% (UN,2019).
EcoTree and its forestry group apply the silvicultural approach known as 'close to nature.'
Not replacing nature, but accompanying it
The forest is a living environment whose integrity, stability and prosperity depend heavily on the diversity of species. In this complex environment, animals, plants and bacteria interact and contribute to maintain a balance. EcoTree has understood the secret of a healthy forest: the more complex it is - in terms of mixtures and structures - the more resistant, multifunctional and productive it will be in the long term. This is why we have adopted a silviculture that is 'close to nature,' which aims to interfere as little as possible with the natural course of the forest and to promote its resilience.
In fact, anything that modifies the natural functioning of the forest could negatively impact biodiversity and the ecosystem's balance. This includes the reduction of guilds, the excessive rejuvenation of a massif, a significant intervention in the afforestation structure, a notable reduction of dead wood (among other things). This is also why EcoTree is committed to not using any chemicals in its silviculture. We only use natural fertilizers for our planting. In the fight against harmful insects, we use mechanical methods such as species mixing, netting and bird niches, or further biological methods such as the use of predator insects to eliminate herbivorous insects (such as Carabid Beetles, Cleridae, Rhizophagids, Coccinellids, Asilid Diptera, Syrphidae, Hymenoptera or Formicidae). Against deer, we use the natural repellent Trico (sheep fat). During clearance, cleaning is effectuated manually or mechanically.
Finally, if anthropogenic disturbances were to occur, EcoTree would develop an approach based on observations and forest resilience. Ultimately, our management aims to innovate harmony with the laws of nature, and therefore, make the most out of the natural production of forest goods and services.
Because we can always improve
Because people with more experience can inspire us
Because integrity is our guideline
We wanted EcoTree to set up an independent Ethics Committee, composed of civil society individuals unanimously recognized for their skills and integrity. This Committee ensures that EcoTree's founding values are respected and that any conflicts of interest are avoided.
What EcoTree offers you:
At the core of the woods and our forest management