Tree planting

Nature restoration in The Netherlands

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Trees planted in The Netherlands

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At a glance

Through our partnership with Stukje Natuur, we support tree-planting initiatives at various locations across the Netherlands. The project collaborates with local landowners, such as farmers, to plant trees on their land. This includes efforts in reforestation and the restoration of degraded land, as well as afforestation (planting new trees in areas where there were none before) within existing forests. By involving children, adults, and businesses, the project aims to raise awareness about climate change. Together with our community, Regreener will contribute to this goal by supporting tree-planting projects throughout the Netherlands.

Carbon impact

Planting trees plays an important role in the fight against climate change. Trees can capture large amounts of CO2 through photosynthesis and use that carbon dioxide to grow their trunks, branches, roots and leaves. As a result, trees function as active "carbon sinks". While it may be tempting to plant many fast-growing trees to capture a lot of carbon in a short period of time, it is better to plant a mix of species that grow constantly to ensure that there is constant carbon sequestration. Reducing CO2 by planting trees can also reduce the negative impacts of climate change, such as heat waves, drought, forest loss, desertification, erosion, and floods.

The Netherlands has 363,800 hectares of woodland, about 11% of total land surface. Since 1990, effectively no new woodlands have been added in this densely populated country. Compared to the rest of the EU, the Netherlands has (after Malta) the lowest forest cover of all EU member states (average of 39%). Also, in terms of biodiversity, the Netherlands is in an alarming state. About 15% of the native plant- and animal species that were present in the 1900s in the country, remain. This versus a European average of 40%.

This reforestation project focuses on two types of planting methods. The first method focuses on afforestation (i.e. creating new forests) of previously agricultural (grass) land. The second method targets open spots in the forest. Open spots often emerge because (often pine) trees die off. The open spots are reforested with new-, more climate resilient species, thereby often boosting the forests’ biodiversity.

Co-benefits

The co-benefits of Dutch reforestation projects are, in comparison to other project geographies, low. Besides directly increasing biodiversity through a greater mix of species, the new trees also have indirect effect by creating or enhancing habitats. One other important co-benefit of tree planting in the Netherlands lies in better water management.

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StukjeNatuur

This project is run by StukjeNatuur. StukjeNatuur is a non-profit organization that aims to plant 10 million climate robust trees for nature development in the Netherlands with donations from individuals and businesses. Founded in 2022, the organization works with FSC Netherlands and the Union of Forest Groups to find the most suitable locations, to increase biodiversity and to make the Netherlands greener.

United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Each planted tree accounts for approximately 0.1 tonnes of carbon removed from the atmosphere.
Planting native tree species enhances local biodiversity.

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Boris Bekkering

Boris Bekkering Head of Climate Impact