Regional Collaborations for the Benefit of Nature in North America
27 junio, 2023
By Ernesto Herrera Guerra, CEO at Reforestamos México
On June 14 and 15, the Salesforce Tower in New York opened its doors to host the Second Summit of the United States chapter of One Trillion Trees (1t.org), represented in this country by American Forest, an organization founded in 1875 with extensive experience in the care and management of forests in the United States. 1t.org is the initiative of the World Economic Forum to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, aiming to ensure the conservation and restoration of one trillion trees.
I had the honor of attending the Summit to share the progress and perspectives developed through the Mexican Alliance for Ecosystem Restoration (AMERE), an initiative driven by WWF Mexico, WRI Mexico, and Reforestamos México since 2021 to promote a national restoration strategy where all sectors of society, including the private sector, participate in this agenda aligned with the new Global Biodiversity Framework 2030. It is worth noting that AMERE houses the Mexican chapter of 1t.org since September 2022.
During the Summit, the opening of 1t.org Canada was announced, thereby having representations in all three countries of the North American region (Canada-United States-Mexico) to implement an agenda focused on ecosystem restoration in this vast and diverse territory.
An important characteristic of 1t.org and its national and regional chapters (there are 7 worldwide: United States, Canada, Mexico, Amazon, China, India, and Africa-Sahel) is its multisectoral approach, recognizing the business sector as agents of change in developing a positive agenda towards nature. 1t.org and its representations offer a path for companies to make public commitments to the restoration and conservation of ecosystems responsibly, avoiding greenwashing, and recognizing the balance that must exist between decarbonization and the care of the ecosystems on which business activities depend and impact.
To date, 1t.org has validated 83 business commitments. In Mexico, we are in the process of inviting companies with operations in the country to participate in this initiative through AMERE and form a learning community where we can exchange information, experiences, and resources to advance in the restoration of both terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
Our aspiration is to enable collaborations among the North American region through the national chapters of 1t.org to overcome shared barriers and capitalize on collaboration opportunities, especially in global economic contexts such as nearshoring, through which global supply chains and production are being restructured. Undoubtedly, having healthy and sufficient ecosystems will contribute to the business and productive competitiveness of the region by providing essential services that nature offers, such as water provision, carbon sequestration, crop pollination, habitat for charismatic species like pumas or jaguars, and less charismatic but very relevant organisms like microorganisms that provide soil fertility, among many other benefits.
Through AMERE, we invite companies interested in the agenda of ecosystem restoration and conservation to collaborate on this platform so that together we can seek solutions and paths for the private sector to take positive, responsible, strategic, and ambitious actions