Forestwise contribution to the UN sustainability goals:
1: No Poverty– By increasing farmers’ income and by supporting them to gain legal ownership over their assets and actively increasing the value of their assets by promoting sustainable wild harvested forest products.
2: Zero hunger– Forests produce food all year round. By protecting the forest, we also protect the food security that it provides to the community (try eating pure palm oil..)
3: Good health and well-being– The food the forest provides is much healthier than it’s processed substitutes.. Consuming more forest products like low GI Rainforest sugar and fruits are part of a much healthier diet compared to processed food.
6: Clean water and sanitation– The rainforest is the source of clean drinking water. By protecting the forest, we directly protect the source of drinking water. Furthermore, evaporating Arenga tree juice not only produces sugar, but also nearly 7 liters distilled drinking water per 8 liters of juice processed.
8: Decent work and economic growth– Most people we work with are farmers of rice, rubber and/or palm oil. Unfortunately, because of non-fair and non-transparent supply chains, they do not provide much opportunity for significantly improving their personal financial situation, as is the case with forest products. Furthermore we can reduce the workload of the farmers and make the work lighter by providing access to more efficient production equipment and other technologies.
10: Reduced inequalities– We reduce inequality by paying premium prices, empowering farmers to add more value to the product, securing a transparent supply chain and by not excluding anyone from supplying to us.
11: Sustainable cities and communities– We aim to enable forest communities to live completely off-grid, with the forest providing for their own daily need for electricity, drinking water, food, medicine, building materials and more.
12: Responsible consumption and production– All the products we promote are sustainably harvested from wild forests, without damaging the forests, and are processed as little and efficient as possible, using only renewable energy and aiming for zero waste. Promoting the harvesting of these products also promotes these products for own consumption.
13: Climate action– Protecting the forests equals protecting the climate regulator and reducing deforestation equals reducing emissions from the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.
14: Life below water– Replacing forests with (monoculture) plantations, decreases the ability of the soil to store the water, resulting in floods and draughts, which also has a negative effect on the life below water. Furthermore the excessive use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals in (monoculture) plantations, results in severe pollution of the water in rivers and severe acidification of the oceans further downstream. Sustainable forest production systems do not have these negative downstream effects but only produce clean drinking water, therefore significantly contributing to better downstream water quality.
15: Life on land – The rainforest is the home to an extensive amount of biodiversity, which will be preserved as long as the forest, their home, will be preserved, therefore significantly contributing to the conservation of life on land.