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Ecuador is implementing a new national policy to control deforestation as a part of their commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change, Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment recently entered a five-year alliance with Whole Forest.

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The tropical hardwood industry is a major contributor to rainforest destruction. Tropical forests are exceptionally diverse–a recent estimate suggests there are between 40,000 and 53,000 tree species globally. However, the forest products industry provides a decent market for only a small handful of these species.
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In the 1970's, the Ecuadorian government freely offered their citizens the right to claim vacant land, thus encouraging a steady stream homesteaders to carve out a new life in the North Western rainforests of Ecuador. Families traveling to the Canandé watershed...
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Whole Forest produces carbon negative wood products. Our customers are motivated to take action towards reducing climate change, so we offer them a large reduction in their carbon footprint through a carbon offset based on the carbon emissions prevented by bringing additional forests under long-term conservation. Each purchase allows the business to expand its area of conservation based on the financial return to the forest generated by the product sale. Whole Forest not only transfers the carbon benefit to our clients, but we can quantify the number of tons of carbon a purchase has helped us achieve. 

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In 2016, Whole Forest raised investment funds to build a new hardwood facility. We spent the majority of 2017 constructing a new factory in Cristóbal Colón. Working with our strategic partner, Cider Press Woodworks, we purchased a full line of production machinery to be able to make high-quality architectural surfaces. The long-awaited machinery was delivered to the shop in early November, and it’s estimated that the facility will be set up and running by mid-December. 

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