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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Alcoa Foundation and Greening Australia held a national launch of the ambition One Million Trees Project in June 2014, that will see the platning of more than one million trees south of Perth in Western Australia and also in western Victoria during the next three years.  

 

The project will involve more than one thousand community members and land owners, capture thousands of tonnes of C02 and restore degraded habitats. This is the latest chapter in one of Australi's most successful corporate and environmental partnerships - which has now reached a record 34 years.

Tree Canada 

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In 2012, Alcoa Foundation in Canada partnered with Tree Canada, an organization that develops programs with the private and public sectors, communities and individual Canadians, to maintain a healthy environment through sustaining urban and rural forests. If the objective behind this partnership was first to help Alcoa Canada reach the number of 125 000 trees planted for Alcoa’s 125th anniversary, it has now evolved into a long-term engagement that will help make school grounds greener in Alcoa Canada’s Quebec communities of Montréal, Bécancour, Deschambault and Baie-Comeau through the Greening Canada’s School Grounds program. 

 

In 2013, Tree Canada planted a total of 30,000 trees in Bécancour, Deschambault and Baie-Comeau, as well as a symbolic 125 trees on Montreal’s mount Royal and in 2014, five school grounds will be greened.

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.