Planting native trees - trekkingchile

Planting native trees

“One hectare of forest annually absorbs about 13 tons of CO2 in the form of wood.”

In cooperation with the Chilean National Park Administration CONAF, the University Catolicá del Maule and the Ministry of Agriculture we plant indigenous trees. This not only binds CO2 in the form of wood and produces vital oxygen, but also filters dust from the air and reduces the temperature through evaporation. Our annual planting campaigns are published and are freely available to donors.

What we need forests for:

Air to breathe

Photosynthesis converts CO2 and water into sugar with the aid of light, producing oxygen as a waste product.

An average tree absorbs about 13-18 kg carbon dioxide per day and releases 10-13 kg oxygen.

At night, the resulting sugar is converted into energy by cellular respiration, which the plants need for their growth, among other things. Oxygen is consumed for this process and CO2 is released back into the circulating air. This causes a lot of scepticism around the topic “Trees planting for CO2 compensation”. Overall, however, more CO2 is bound and more oxygen is produced, which is reason enough for us all to support reforestation with native trees.

Cooling down by evaporation

A tree evaporates about 400 l of water per day. Energy is needed to evaporate the water, which cools the tree’s surroundings. This effect is particularly noticeable in urban areas on hot days.

Dust filter

Bis zu 7 Tonnen Staub filtert ein Baum jährlich aus der Umluft und schützt so unsere Lungen vor mitunter gefährlichen Schmutzpartikeln.