Flash Forest , the Canadian startup behind the project, plans to use its technology to plant 40,000 trees in the area this month.
By the end of the year, as it expands to other regions, it will plant hundreds of thousands of trees.
By 2028, the startup aims to have planted a full 1 billion trees.
Existing forests need to be protected while new trees are planted; right now, that isn’t working well.
“There are a lot of different attempts to tackle reforestation,” says Flash Forest cofounder and chief strategy officer Angelique Ahlstrom.
“But despite all of them, they’re still failing, with a net loss of 7 billion trees every year.”.
Drones don’t address deforestation, which is arguably an even more critical issue than planting trees, since older trees can store much more carbon. »