Forests are the most important natural carbon sinks on land. Trees have an amazing ability to pull carbon from the air and store it in their trunks, branches and leaves, transferring part of it into forest soils.

But not all ‘nature-based solutions’ are created equal. Tree-planting initiatives in the form of large-scale, monoculture tree plantations will aggravate, not improve, the climate and biodiversity crises1.


Protecting Forests is Best for the Climate

In combating climate change and biodiversity crises, we must end deforestation, protect intact forests from being degraded, allow forests to grow back in historically deforested areas, apply responsible forest management, and allow managed forests to grow back to a semi-natural state. Not only because it keeps emissions out of the atmosphere now, but because it maximises ecosystem integrity and biodiversity protection and thus resilience in the face of climate change2.


Our Commitments

At Sustained Affair we focus on the triple benefits biodiversity, carbon capture and sustainable development from ecosystem restoration. We support initiatives that align with our values:

BioR, a scientists-led project to reconstructs habitats for wildlife in South Australia, at the scale and complexity required to ensure our biodiversity is secure for the future.

Greening Australia, an environmental enterprise committed to restoring Australia’s diverse landscapes and protecting biodiversity in ways that benefit communities, economies, and nature.

The Leaf Charity, who works with communities around the world to protect habitats and promote reforestation with expertise in botany, zoology, marine biology, finance, conservation, and sustainability.



1. IPBES (2019): Global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. E. S. Brondizio, J. Settele, S. Díaz, and H. T. Ngo (editors). IPBES secretariat, Bonn, Germany. 1148 pages.

2. Osuri et al (2020). ‘Greater stability of carbon capture in species-rich natural forests compared to species-poor plantations’, Environ. Res. Lett. 15, 034011.