What is the right tree in the right place?
BGCI’s approach is to focus on the right trees in the right place – encouraging the preservation of indigenous species in their natural habitats, rather than replacing them with exotic (non-native) species.
Currently, vast areas of fast-growing exotic trees are being planted to sequester carbon or to provide short rotation wood crops, displacing natural habitats and indigenous tree species. In many countries ten times as many exotic trees are being planted as indigenous trees.
Tree species planted in the right place provide habitats and life support to hundreds of other species, including pollinators, seed disperser birds and animals, soil micro-organisms, and other useful species.
The right tree species help us to address our greatest challenges
The Biodiversity Crisis
Millions of species of plants, animals, insects, and bacteria depend on the right species of trees to survive.
The Climate Crisis
The right trees can address issues of carbon emissions, soil stability, water scarcity, and energy.
The Poverty Crisis
Nature provides benefits for people and the planet – once extinct, species can never be replaced.