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SocialForest is a sustainable forestry company certified by PEFC. Sustainable forest management is very important for the environment and our planet due to various reasons which we would like to present to you on this page.

Prevention of forest fires

Forest fires is a very big issue in Catalonia. They cause enormous environmental and economic damage. They do not only threaten and destroy the lives of animals and plants in the woods, but they also create immense expense for the state and public administration. In a “ecologistas en accións” article, for example, it stated that in the year 2005 forest fires caused costs of 126.646.192 euros.

What does SocialForest do?

SocialForest has already worked in a multitude of forest fire prevention projects. We open fire breaks around villages and urban zones to prevent forest fire being caused by human action and people being harmed by forest fires breaking out nearby villages.

Sustainable Forest Management

Pests

Through sustainable forest management we help the trees to develop a stronger resistance to pests. These can cause tremendous damage to the forest: trees stop growing or die which means a loss of habitat for flora and fauna.

Climate Change

Forests play a very decisive role in combating climate change. As you can also read in our blog about this topic, sustainable forest management considerably contributes to a greater carbon dioxide fixation. The trees can store more CO2 in their wood and are able to mitigate global warming.

Furthermore, forests have a regulating effect and are therefore capable of compensating for climate change effects on water resources. They cool and store water and have a protecting function against wind and thunder storms. Only with sustainable forest management, forests can mitigate extreme weather events and natural disasters, such as floods, droughts and rising temperatures. This is due to trees themselves being very sensitive to climate change and its consequences. If we do not reduce this sensitivity with sustainable forest management, trees will no longer be able to help us fight climate change and global warming.

Water and soil

Forests are able to regulate our water supply as they influence rain and water filtration. With the right forest management we can make the woods filter up to 74 – 88 percent of rainwater. A sustainably managed forest can therefore contribute to lower water shortages and increase groundwater resources, moors, reservoirs and sources.

Moreover, SocialForest helps the forest to prevent erosion and to create and conserve fertile soil. Thanks to the woods’ erosion control, the risk of landslides and avalanches can be significantly reduced. Sustainable forest management leads to healthy forests and fertile soil that is capable of supplying water and regulating the hydrological cycle.

Biodiversity

Forests are habitats for many plants, animals and microorganisms. In a healthy forest, biological diversity is greater than in any other ecosystem. We carry out sustainable forest management and conserve woods to make them continue to grow, stay healthy and be able to provide lots of living space for animals, plants and other organisms. To increase biodiversity, it is very important to not create monocultures, but promote genetic variety and species richness.

Social Forest

Forests, just like nature in general, matter a lot to our society. They do not only provide relaxation space, shelter and living space, but create working opportunities as well. Sustainable forestry contributes to many people’s livelihoods and occupations. SocialForest uses sustainable forest management to train and employ young people in difficult life situations.

The FAO estimates that the forestry sector employs around 10 million people formally and approximately 30-50 million informally in developing countries.

Moreover, SocialForest cleans and maintains natural parks, trekking trails and picnic areas so that you can spend a wonderful, relaxed day in nature with your loved ones.

Urban Forestry

SocialForest also conducts Urban Forestry projects. This means forestry projects in the city. Trees in urban zones, for example in parks, alongside streets and in other places, have a very positive effect on our health and well-being. By their regulating effect they reduce temperatures in cities, filter the (in most cases) heavily polluted air and influence our psychological and physical well-being in a positive way.

In our blog about Urban Foresty, you can learn more about our projects and the field of work in general.

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