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The State of Trees -- December 2023

Forests and trees are a vital part of our planet, providing habitats for our planet's creatures to playing an important role in our planet's carbon budget. Join this special webinar on 5 December as we hear from colleagues around the world about their experiences with the Miyawaki Method of tree planting, growing trees near schools, and in villagers and urban neighborhoods. From the planting of over 200,000 trees and over 100 forests in India to restoring forests in countries such as Belgium, reversing the deterioration of the Beirut River by planting native trees, to how creating forests, with students in the United States, has helped students understand the importance of trees and forests to our ever-changing planet. We will also hear from author Hannah Lewis and about the Miyawaki forests.

Title: The State of Trees - December 2023. A Mini Forest Revolution around the Globe: Sharing experiences from Schools, Villages, and Urban Neighborhoods
Date: Tuesday, 5 December 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. EST (3:00 p.m. UTC, 4:00 p.m. CET)

Our featured presenters:

  • Emmanuel D’Silva, Agriculture & Environment Scientist, will present an overview of the Miyawaki Method used in setting up mini forests around the world.
  • Neelam Patil, Science Teacher, USA, will speak about the three-layered, ultra-dense forests she has created at Cragmont Elementary School in Berkeley, California with help from her students. She has also started a nonprofit, Green Pocket Forests, to bring Miyawaki forests to schools across the U.S.
  • Nicolas de Brabandère, Belgium, Founder, Urban Forests, will narrate his experience in restoring native forests of Belgium “one pocket” at a time.  
  • Adib Dada, Lebanon, is an Environmental Architect and Founder of “theOtherDada Regenerative Consulting and Architecture Practice.” He is trying to reverse the deterioration of Beirut River by planting native trees along its banks.   
  • R.K. Nair, India, Businessman & Co-Founder of Forest Creators, helped set up the world’s largest Miyawaki Forest in Bhuj, Gujarat that involved planting over 223,000 trees. He has installed 112 Miyawaki forests across India in partnerships with local governments and the corporate sector.
  • Hannah Lewis, author of the book “Mini-Forest Revolution”, will look at the future of Miyawaki forests.

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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office