Replenish

Alcoa Foundation is replenishing forests and urban landscapes, restoring ecosystems and conserving water around the globe.

 
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10 MILLION BY 2020

That’s the number of trees we’ve committed to see planted by the turn of the next decade. We’re more than half way there.

 

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Across the globe, Alcoa Foundation is partnering with leading organizations to promote biodiversity, conservation, reforestation, and responsible land and water use.

Global ReLeaf

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Since 2005, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests have planted nearly one million trees together, as part of the Global ReLeaf initiative. The program focuses on reforestation initiatives near Alcoa locations in the United States, Brazil, China, Canada, Guinea, Russia, Hungary, Spain, Jamaica, Iceland, and Suriname.

 

As part of the project, American Forests engages local communities and Alcoa employees in the planting and maintenance of the trees. Equally important is the project’s work to raise public awareness about the essential role that trees play in our environment. 

 

Greening Australia

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In 2012, Alcoa of Australia and Greening Australia celebrated thirty years of partnership. This noteworthy milestone marks one of the longest and most successful environmental partnerships in Australia. 

 

Together, the Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa of Australia have donated millions of dollars to the partnership:

  • More than 200 million trees given to farmers
  • Millions of seedlings planted by tireless Alcoans and volunteers
  • Tens of thousands of school children educated
  • Several large scale landscape transformations across the country

 

The work has touched every community where Alcoa of Australia operates, from Kwinana and Booragoon in Perth to Pinjarra and Wagerup in Western Australia, and Portland, Anglesea and Geelong in Victoria. The Greening Australia-Alcoa partnership has evolved from simple tree planting to strategic re-vegetation programs at eight sites to restore habitat for a range of threatened species.
 

Trees That Feed

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Alcoa Foundation supports the work of Trees That Feed, a nonprofit that restores tropical areas with trees that produce edible fruits, providing a source of nutrition while helping to develop the local economy. 

 

Working in collaboration with Alcoa in Jamaica (Jamalco) and other partners, Trees That Feed distributes native breadfruit trees to individuals, farmers, cooperatives, schools, orphanages and other recipients in Jamaica. Education, training on the care and harvesting of the fruit, and equipment to enable post-harvest production are all part of the program. The long-term impact is dramatic because the trees represent a renewable food supply – just one breadfruit tree can substantially supplement the diet of a family of four for decades. For the larger community, the trees bring dual benefit – improved economic circumstances and a better, reforested environment.

 

The Nature Conservancy

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In Brazil, The Nature Conservancy is restoring the endangered Atlantic Forest in Paraná state where the native Paraná pine range has been reduced to just 3 percent of its original area. Alcoa Foundation is partnering with the conservancy to plant more than 700,000 trees in the forest and help create conditions for natural forest regeneration. Alcoa Brazil employees are also volunteering to plant trees near Alcoa's facilities in southern Brazil.

 

World Wildlife Fund

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Sometimes the best way to protect wildlife is to work with industry and developers to achieve their goals responsibly. The World Wildlife Fund, with support from Alcoa Foundation, is undertaking an assessment of hydropower development in selected locations along the Mekong River in China. The project is reviewing current operations and determining improved practices for sustainable development in the future. The aim is to ensure a healthy, flowing river system that supports wildlife habitats, while still accommodating the hydropower needs of the region.

 

The Sustainable Hydropower Assessment will address a host of environmental issues related to the long-term viability of the Mekong River by promoting responsible water governance, strategic conservation of important watersheds and habitats, and more sustainable ways to generate electricity from the river. Also taking part in this assessment are diverse stakeholders from the Upper and Lower Mekong River who will be brought together to discuss issues related to downstream flow, sedimentation, river connectivity, and climate-change adaptation.