Magazine article American Forests

A Global Effort

Magazine article American Forests

A Global Effort

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Germany's PRIMA KLIMA answers the call to think globally and act locally.

In Slovakia earlier this year, the Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Protectors planted trees in Tatra National Park and in housing developments in the towns of Banska Stiavnica and Dolny Kubin. The three projects planted a total of 56 eight- to 10-foot-tall trees and more than 20,000 seedlings.

More than 75,000 trees, including those planted in Slovakia, were planted throughout the world last spring by Global ReLeaf International partners. These projects were supported by PRIMA KLIMA, a nongovernmental organization in Germany that raises money for tree-planting projects to sequester carbon dioxide. Individuals and organizations can calculate their "carbon responsibility" using an energy-usage worksheet developed by PRIMA KLIMA, which then offers to pay for the planting of an appropriate number of trees as a way to offset this responsibility.

PRIMA KLIMA, an international partner in AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf program since 1991, often uses the network to solicit project proposals from partners in various countries. Together the planting projects--in Ecuador, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Florida--will draw an estimated 736 tons of carbon from the atmosphere annually.

PRIMA KLIMA also develops educational materials, works with policymakers in Germany, and organizes international scientific meetings with the goal of educating others about the potential effects of carbon dioxide on the earth's atmosphere.

In addition to the plantings in Slovakia, 1993 PRIMA KLIMA projects include:

* Nearly 700 trees planted on a seven-acre stretch of Ecuador's Pasochoa Protected Forest, in the Andean mountains. …

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