Reforest, Not Deforest – Tree Planting Project

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Get Tree Planting with Torch Tours – Reforest, Not Deforest! Join us getting down and dirty planting trees.

Torch Tours are now offering you the chance to join us on our latest project, Reforest Not Deforest!

Everyone’s a winner!

Our enthusiastic team invites you to help us reforest Cambodia.  Both you and your contribution will be welcomed by the friendly local people and also by Torch Tours. As the old inspiring  Chinese proverb says,

 

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

We believe in responsible tourism.

Responsible Tourism

  • Minimises the negative impact on the environment, economy and society in general.
  • Directly benefits local people and enhances the well-being of their communities.
  • Makes a positive contribution to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and the maintenance of the planet’s ecosystems.
  • Combines both respect and sensitivity between the tourists and the communities they visit.

Reforest, Not Deforest Project

Our Reforest, Not Deforest project specifically aims to make your impact on Cambodia a positive one. Planting trees helps to reverse the disastrous effect deforestation has had in Cambodia. Not to mention the equally devastating effect on its wildlife.

Firstly, by planting trees with us you directly contribute to restoring Cambodia’s forests. And secondly,  with your help, we will continue to endeavour to restore the natural habitat which is vital for wildlife. By reforesting targeted areas we aim to create places of protection for endangered animals and other wildlife.

Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint by Tree Planting

Our objective is to target areas in need of reforestation. Planting trees is a wonderful way of restoring the natural environment for many of Cambodia’s endangered species. Furthermore, reducing pollution which includes your carbon footprint.

In 2008, the World Trade Organization’s report estimated that global tourism caused 3% of carbon dioxide emissions but this didn’t include emissions from accommodation, food or shopping.

In 2018, Arunima Malik of the University of Sydney (Lecturer in Sustainability) conducted the most extensive analysis of the tourist industry ever carried out. Nature Climate Change published her findings which estimated global tourism to be responsible for a staggering 8% of all emissions. Sadly, this more than doubles the previous estimate.

At the same time, the tourist trade is forever expanding. As a result, furthering the negative impact tourism has on our environment.

So, planting trees really is both an easy and rewarding way to effectively balance the impact you make on our planet, especially in Cambodia.

Tree planting is a thoroughly enjoyable way to, not only, make new like-minded friends but also a remarkably rewarding experience.

 

Rare and Endangered Animals

Forests cover 31% of the earth’s land surface. These forests are home to the majority of animals and plants on the planet, including many rare and endangered animals. These plants and animals are essential ecosystems without which human life would cease to exist. Human survival depends upon their survival.

Many rare and endangered animals, globally, have been affected by deforestation and Cambodia is not an exception.

Tree planting is more important than ever in Cambodia today.  We urge you to help Torch Tours to help Cambodia reverse the damage caused by deforestation.  Every tree planted is an important step in the right direction. Take this tremendous opportunity and do something positive for Cambodia when you visit.

In the last 50 years, many animals, including endangered animals have suffered due to deforestation in Cambodia. Animals such as Asian elephants, Eld’s Deer, Indochine tigers, leopards, banteng (S.E. Asia’s domestic cattle)and Kouprey (S.E. Asia’s wild cattle) are all victims of habitat destruction. Hunting is also threatening their numbers.

Wild cattle and deer, for example, along with predators such as tigers and leopards, still roam the remote forests of the Eastern Plains Landscape in Cambodia. The biggest intact dry forests area in Indochina. And home to a multitude of wildlife, including the largest population of wild Asian elephants in Cambodia.

Similarly, tigers numbers have been reduced by 70% in the last 10 years alone according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Deforestation

The most dramatic effects of deforestation are distinctly negative. Not only does it destroy the natural habitats for millions of species wildlife. (And by Wildlife, I mean, animals and plants that exist naturally and independently, without human intervention.)

Deforestation also spurs on climate change and disrupts the water cycle. The forest’s canopy provides a natural protection against the sun. Without trees, soils become exposed and the land quickly dries out. Additionally,  disrupting the water cycle in which trees (and other plants) play a major role. Trees maintain the water cycle by returning water vapour to the atmosphere.

The World Wildlife Fund  says,

 

“Forests are essential for life on earth. Three hundred million people worldwide live in forests and 1.6 billion depend on them for their livelihoods. Forests also provide habitat for a vast array of plants and animals, many of which are still undiscovered… They supply the oxygen we need to survive. They provide the timber for products we use every day.”

 

Destruction of Habitat

The largest natural habitat for tigers in the world today are the forests of the Greater Mekong (a region that envelops Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and parts of Southern China). Deforestation due to development is a major threat to the region.

The natural resources in the Greater Mekong region are attractive to developing countries. These resources are used by industries in those countries.  Economic stability means a greater demand for those resources.  Which, in turn,  means industries use up more resources. Economic stability is certainly a good thing for developing countries but has a disastrous effect on the environment.

Estimates made by the WWF predict that 15 to 30 million hectares of forest will be gone by 2030. This includes immense sections of forests in Cambodia. Which ultimately results in an even further loss of habitat for the wildlife who depend on it to survive.

The time to start planting trees was yesterday, but with your help, we can still make a difference.

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