Unser Baumpflanzprojekt im Mai: Mauna Kea Restoration in Hawaii

Our tree planting project in May: Mauna Kea Restoration in Hawaii

Together with our community, we are committed to monthly changing tree planting projects around the world. In the month of May we support the “Mauna Kea Restoration” project in Hawaii. The aim of the project is to facilitate and accelerate forest regeneration to reduce wildfire threats and protect suitable habitat for threatened animals and plants. You can find out more about this project in this blog.

Forest regeneration as a sign of respect for the sacred volcano

The Mauna Kea, at 4205 m above sea level. M. the highest, currently inactive volcano in Hawaii, is considered the largest and highest mountain in the world at 10,203 meters when the part below the sea surface is included. In Hawaiian culture, the snow-capped mountain represents an unbroken connection to the earth and the sky. For the locals, the mountain's creation story also symbolizes the relationship between generations: the older ones take care of the younger ones, just as the younger ones show respect and consideration for the older ones. Because what is loved should also be protected. That is exactly the goal of the Mauna Kea Restoration Project - to maintain the health and well-being of the ecological and human communities at the sacred volcano.

Image: Map of the project site at Mauna Kea.

Tropical and alpine climate – unique diversity

From some of the wettest tropical forests on the planet to some of the driest alpine zones on earth, the Mauna Kea region encompasses a remarkable diversity of climates. Mauna is also the only point in the Hawaiian island chain where there is constant snow cover and is home to some of the largest native ecosystems remaining in the Pacific region. Many animal and plant species are threatened by a rapidly changing climate, invasive species and the growing threat of forest fires. In order to prevent the loss of this unique biodiversity, the Mauna Kea Restoration Project is investing in the restoration of forests and their ecosystem diversity.

Image: Region around the volcano Mauna Kea

A Restoration-Project as a model for all of Hawaii

Planting trees such as Sophora chrysophylla, Acacia koa, Coprosma rhynchocarpa, Chenopodium oahuense and Santalum paniculatum is intended to reduce the risk of fires as the forest canopy closes and grass density decreases due to increased shading. Changes in soil moisture and wind speed due to the increase in trees also help reduce the risk of fire. The reforestation will also create new habitat for the black-masked honeycreeper and the Hawaiian sicklebird. The Mauna Kea Restoration Project is considered a model for habitat restoration efforts throughout Hawaii because it provides educational benefits through extensive community involvement. The recovery methods will be applied to other locations on the Hawaiian Islands in the future.

Image: Tree seedlings for the Restoration Project

Together for a greener world

Our commitment to the environment goes beyond planting trees. We believe in the power of community and that together we can make the world a better place. Would you also like to get involved? For every NIKIN product you buy, we plant a tree. Together we make the world greener – #treebytree!

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