Our mission

Rapidly Restoring Native Forests to Reverse Climate Change

Global biodiverse native forest restoration is the most scalable carbon drawdown solution proven effective at the gigaton level. And it’s shovel-ready.
We’re solving the biggest bottlenecks to forest restoration, accelerating global progress toward this climate solution.

We scale native ecosystem restoration

We provide comprehensive support that enables forest restoration teams to launch the highest quality carbon projects.
We help our global partners overcome bottlenecks — from resolving seed shortages to streamlining tracking, training, and financing — so they can successfully restore biodiversity, support local communities, and increase long-term carbon capture.
Our story

In 2017, Terraformation’s founder, Yishan Wong, began evaluating gigaton level climate solutions.

His personal mission was to find a carbon capture plan that was practical, affordable, and offered the best possible chance to scale in this urgent decade for a livable climate future. The result is Terraformation.
Planting the seed

Through his research, Yishan found that native forest restoration outperforms any other known method of carbon capture by nearly an order of magnitude.

Accomplishing mass forest restoration at a global level could draw down enough carbon to secure a livable future on our planet.

But challenges such as early-stage financing, seed supply, and a lack of training slow large-scale restoration teams.

Yishan founded Terraformation in 2020 to create and share solutions to those challenges.

2020: Establishing our Hawaiʻi testing grounds

Terraformation’s first pilot restoration site — Pacific Flight at Kaupalaoa — is near the northern tip of Hawaiʻi Island. Two centuries of unsustainable logging followed by cattle grazing had destroyed the native tropical sandalwood forest and desertified the land. Terraformation’s forestry team began restoration in 2020. The arid environment, high winds, and degraded soils meant that if a team could restore a forest there, they could do it anywhere.

Hawaiʻi contains 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones — and this diversity of microclimates means we can test restoration techniques across many ecosystems. In addition to the arid Kaupalaoa site, our other pilot restoration sites in Hawaiʻi include ʻŌhiʻa Lani, formerly a wet forest, and Papaikou, once a macadamia nut farm.

Using the flagship sites as a testing ground, the Terraformation team began tackling challenges like seed banking solutions, water shortages, and mobile software to better track the entire reforestation process, beginning with seed collection.

2021: Our first global partners — 19 projects on 5 continents

In 2021, we launched our first global partnerships with 19 restoration teams, from the Amazon and East Africa to Ukraine and Armenia. Many of the organizations are Indigenous- and women-led.

With an infusion of financing, technical support, and training, our pilot cohort is delivering astonishing results, with over half a million plants in the ground and 25 million seeds stored in less than two years. Their projects have also provided over 700 new local jobs.

2022 and beyond: A global forest accelerator

In 2022, Terraformation interviewed 230 forestry organizations across 63 countries to learn about their biggest challenges. Ninety-five percent of respondents cited funding as their top obstacle, followed by seed and sapling supply, then team training.

We created the Seed to Carbon Forest Accelerator to help forestry teams overcome these obstacles and achieve native ecosystem restoration at scale. Our accelerator provides complete support — from carbon and finance strategy to field training and software tools for streamlined project transparency — so new reforestation projects can expand quickly and sustainably.

Carbon buyers who fund accelerator cohorts lock in access to the highest quality carbon credits in geographically diverse portfolios selected by our carbon science and ecology teams for sequestration potential.

Restore native, biodiverse forests
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