Protecting trees is one of BioPak’s primary objectives, and so important for world health – they are the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise soil, provide habitat, promote biodiversity and support the world’s wildlife.
Rainforest Rescue is preserving rainforests in Australia by purchasing and protecting the biodiversity of high conservation value rainforest, and by re-establishing vibrant rainforest ecosystems when needed through planting, maintenance and restoration in the globally celebrated and UN-recognised Daintree.
Saving rainforests to save the planet
The Daintree Rainforest is one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems in the world, and of international conservation importance. There are species that exist in this rainforest that are not found anywhere else on the planet. Although the Daintree is part of the larger World Heritage area, there are many sections of its coastal lowland rainforest that remain unprotected and are at high risk for development and clearing.
As part of the BioPak ‘Give Back’ program, we donate 1% of profits to environmentally restorative initiatives. This year, Rainforest Rescue has received 1% of profits in Australia which has resulted in 1 hectare of rainforest protected in Cow Bay — part of the lower Daintree — with 3,826 seedlings planted, and all being planted at Nightwings.
Rainforest Rescue CEO Branden Barber is inspired: “It’s inspiring to see businesses investing in conservation – Rainforest Rescue was founded on the notion that we needed to protect rainforests because if not us, who? Together we are protecting rainforests forever. This is not an issue that government is going to tackle. BioPak partnering with us, a pro impact not for profit, is a model that is gaining strength as a way to make the important changes the world needs.”
In addition to the ‘Give Back’ program, BioPak ran a #rainforest2reef campaign with specially designed coffee cups. The campaign invited consumers to share their photos of the special edition Rainforest Rescue Art Series cups with the hashtag #rainforest2reef on Instagram and BioPak will donate $1 for every post.
The campaign generated 660 Instagram posts, and resulted in an additional $660 for Rainforest Rescue.
Rainforest restoration works
Rainforest Rescue have measured the effects of rainforest restoration and protection initiatives and reported positive results.
The results of the Water Testing Report far exceeded even Rainforest Rescue’s estimates: findings show regenerating the Nightwings property, a 41% reduction in turbidity was recorded. This reduction of cloudiness in the water is significant in reinforcing the reduction of sediment damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
In addition, reports of new coral spawning in vast numbers along the coastal reef of the Cow Bay rainforest that was purchased just this year is another example of how important the Daintree is to the Great Barrier Reef.
Plus, a juvenile cassowary has been spotted in one of the restored forest properties, after not being sighted south of the Daintree River in 40 years.