Deforestation is happening at the fastest rate ever recorded in history. Despite the incumbent impacts to the survival of forest dwelling species and the important role in the carbon cycle it seems we racing towards an end. Current estimations are that we are losing as much as 124 320 sq km per annum. That is equivalent to a staggering 48 football fields per minute. In the time that it has taken me to research and write this we have lost forests representative of 1440 football fields.
More than 22% of the global population relies directly on forests for subsistence so deforestation at this pace will have far reaching consequences on a global scale. The carbon sequestration value of the lost forests and increase in greenhouse gasses has seen us record the highest average temperatures since records have begun for the last 3 years in a row.
As part of our sustainable tourism model we have developed our own carbon calculator and currently have two locations in Cambodia, Preah Dak Village and Koh Trong Island, where we are able to plant trees to mitigate the carbon form our operations and guests trips.
This is also in line with our commitment to become carbon neutral by 2020