September 21, 2018
Our work to help species adapt to climate change is featured in the New York Times. The article highlights our efforts to build corridors that help species ascend to higher ground as the climate warms.
Our approach is a simple, effective, and scalable solution to reducing preventing extinctions in an era of climate change. Restoring degraded land and reconnecting isolated forests achieves two objectives – it helps species adapt to climate change by helping them reach safe harbor and it absorbs atmospheric carbon emissions.
Simply put, the corridors we create in biodiversity hotspots connect forest fragments and liberate species trapped and isolated in increasingly inhospitable habitats. By reconnecting isolated forests, we create vital migration routes for species seeking higher ground.
In doing so, we get massive leverage by financing local partners to buy relatively small amounts of land to create significant protected refuges and strategic connections. Merging isolated forest fragments is critical to facilitating colonization of previously inaccessible areas. Doing so diversifies genetics and builds resiliency. In this era of climate change, the forest corridors also serve as the routes to survival as the climate warms.