In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc). 

At the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration this World Environment Day, we are going to challenge the focus on tree planting in ecosystem restoration. We love trees. Trees are a critical component in addressing land degradation and vital to reforestation. We want to ensure that in this decade, the planting of trees – which is an easily communicable unit of measurement of impact and success – does not become the only measure of ecosystem restoration. Tree Campaigns are sprouting up everywhere, and are taking centre-stage. But, through the trees, we also want to ensure healthy, diverse ecosystems.

If we want this UN Decade to become a success, we need a new simple unit, and start to define a good-to-communicate unit that reflects all that ecosystem restoration is about:  restoring soils, biodiversity, water systems, livelihoods and communities, and planting trees. Can we find a way that gets us out of the frame of ‘just trees’? 

Two organisations – Ecosystem Restoration Camps and Greenpop – are seeking to initiate a dialogue that explores going beyond tree-planting as a measure for global restoration in our campaigns and fundraisers.

During this seminar we’ll dive deeper into what it takes to have a successful, community-based restoration project.

We’ll hear perspectives from two organisations on the ground, situated in geographically diverse locations, who’ll share more about their projects and their holistic, systemic approach to restoration.

We’ll speak frankly about how highly competitive tree pricing, driven by the race to plant as many trees as possible, is forcing the externalisation of restoration costs – such as soil preparation, removing invasives and maintaining trees – as funding streams are directed singularly to the tree, rather than to the full project.

And, finally, we’ll seek to identify a strong, new and balanced unit of measurement – one that is scientifically sound, attractive and easy to communicate – that goes ‘beyond the tree’, to support successful and diverse restoration initiatives. 

Saturday 5 June, 5pm UTC

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Organising Partners

Our Speakers

John D. Liu

Founder: Ecosystem Restoration Camps Movement; Ecosystem Ambassador: Commonland Foundation

Misha Teasdale

Co-Founder & Director, Greenpop 

Thais Corral

Social Innovator and Founder of Sinal do Vale Centre of Regeneration, Brazil 

Pieter van der Gaag

Director, Ecosystem Restoration Camps

Zoë Gauld-Angelucci

Head of Programmes, Greenpop

Felix Finkbeiner

Founder, Plant for the Planet

Discussion Moderator

Dr Bernadette Arakwiye

Research Associate, Forest Program, WRI Africa

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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