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The global 1t.org goal to conserve, restore and grow one trillion trees by 2030 includes:

  • The permanent conservation of existing forests (e.g., urban street tree protection)
  • The restoration and natural regeneration of previously degraded forest lands, including actual reforestation and tree-planting schemes on suitable agricultural land (including agroforestry and silvopastoral strategies), and urban tree planting
  • Activities that support the mission of 1t.org, including nursery development, technology tools, technical assistance, markets and innovation, and workforce development

On the following page, you will be able to describe your pledge activities in greater detail.

With the exception of contact information and supporting documentation, the information you provide will be viewable by the public on the U.S. 1t.org site upon submission and approval of your pledge.

Telling your Story

Please use this Pledge Overview to tell the story of the trillion trees activities that you will deliver through your pledge. Share what impacts from this work are most important to you and your partners, details about the people and places involved, and other information that will bring your work to life for anyone viewing your pledge.

The Title of your pledge will be displayed on the pledge cards.

The Summary is your opportunity to describe the scope and magnitude of your pledge, including any metrics you are using to quantify it and background on how this pledge fits within your larger ambitions.

If this pledge has already been announced publicly, you can include the hyperlink with more detailed information.

Partnerships are essential aspects of most pledges and 1t.org encourages collaboration between multistakeholder groups with aligned goals wherever possible. By listing coalition partners here, 1t.org will be able to recognize their involvement and account for any double-counting across pledges. Partners can also submit their own pledge form for this and other projects. If you have no partners, simply state “not applicable” here.

The location of the pledge enables 1t.org to cross-pollinate ideas, provide guidance and support, and conduct more accurate carbon accounting of pledges based on known ecosystem conditions. At a minimum, please indicate if your pledge is National (U.S.) and/or International. If possible, provide a further breakdown by U.S. region, continent, or even upload specific coordinates.

1t.org is designed as a major contribution to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration that runs 2021-2030. Pledges should start no earlier than 2020 and be achieved no later than 2030.

It is always best to conserve existing, healthy forests in their natural state wherever possible. When forests are permanently cleared for uses such as residential development and agriculture, the overall number of trees declines along with the ability of the forest to capture carbon and provide additional co-benefits such as water purification and biodiversity preservation. Ensuring the permanent, legal conservation of healthy forests is a priority of 1t.org U.S.

For pledges in this category, we welcome quantification in the following ways:

1) the total number of acres where tree loss has been prevented (e.g., acreage covered by a conservation easement on private forestland); and
2) the estimated number of trees protected.

For activities in the U.S., we will assist with estimating the number of trees by providing a simple conversion for estimating the likely footprint of a forest that would have been lost in the absence of the conservation action and means to convert this into an estimated number of protected trees. If you have already estimated the number of trees, you are welcome to enter it and provide a description of your methods.

Our methodology uses U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis data by region to ensure accuracy.

1t.org U.S. encourages both the restoration of degraded forests (such as from wildfires, beetles, extractive industry operations, etc) and, where appropriate, the planting and nurturing of new trees in urban and rural settings. Restoring forests responsibly involves planting trees and managing forests in a way that makes it easier for trees to naturally regenerate. Care must be taken to ensure the “right tree, right place” and preparation in place to ensure the climate resilience of the trees being planted.

These activities will be eligible for inclusion in a pledge to the 1t.org U.S. chapter and counted by the Chapter towards the 1t.org global goal if they meet the following criteria:

  • The reforestation on the project lands is not required by law, such as replanting after harvest in states where this is a legal requirement.
  • The actions create outcomes that are likely additional to what would normally occur through unassisted natural growth. That means your pledge may include reforestation activities where natural regeneration might have eventually occurred, if there is a reasonable indication that the actions taken will stimulate more robust and/or rapid regeneration of trees on that site than would have occurred without the project.

In order to achieve the trillion trees goal, 1t.org recognizes the need for new tools and systems to ensure the scaling up of collective efforts at unprecedented scope and speed. Pledging entities bring a variety of tools and networks that will enable the entire 1t.org community to build better systems to further catalyze progress. Pledges in this category will help make that possible.

Supporting actions (e.g., nursery development) in this pledge category may be hard to quantify in terms of impact on the number of trees or might lead to double-counting.

Supporting actions are vital and strongly encouraged, but they will not generate a specific tree count toward the 1t.org goal. 

If you have suggestions on additional Supporting Actions to include on this list or insights into how to appropriately quantify and incorporate Supporting Action pledges towards the tree count, please share your ideas with us here.

We want to help you tell the whole story of your pledge and ensure you are considering all of the benefits and sensitivities as you plan for implementation.

The “how will you contribute?” question is meant to determine the nature of your contribution to making the actions in your pledge possible.

You can also request support from the U.S. Chapter Secretariat for activities planned in the U.S. (contact us for International support).

We require a statement confirming your intentions to responsibly and equitably implement your pledge. You can provide information that demonstrates “right tree, right place” considerations, responsible management and maintenance planning for pledged activities, and community and stakeholder engagement. The Pledge Guide includes further guidance on standards and protocols you might consider following.

You can also estimate the carbon sequestration benefits of your pledge as well as additional environmental and social/economic co-benefits your pledge will address.

Please also use the upload function to share any materials that will help tell the story of your pledge, and provide relevant documentation of your approach.