The Global Canopy Programme
The GCP (www.globalcanopy.org) is led by Andrew Mitchell, a pioneer in forest canopy conservation. GCP is an alliance of 37 scientific institutions in 19 countries and is a world leader in the research, education and conservation of tropical forests. It was in conversation with Andrew over a year ago that the seed was sown for the Ghost Forest art project – appropriately at Earthwatch’s first SustainaBall held in 2008.
University of Oxford Department of Engineering Science (www.eng.ox.ac.uk)
The design of the trees’ support system while on show in Trafalgar Square in London and in Thorvaldsens Plads in Copenhagen is being supervised by Dr Yiannis Ventikos and Mr Bob Scott, from the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. The supports must be sufficiently robust to hold up the significant weight of the stumps, accounting for a series of possible adverse conditions, from gale force winds to deliberate toppling loads.
“The Department of Engineering Science and its Head, Prof Guy Houlsby, are very please to lend their support (and enthusiasm!) to this installation, that combines artistic ingenuity with a very strong ecological message. Energy, sustainability and the environment are at the core of the Department’s pedagogical and research missions. Involvement in projects like the Ghost Forest, that illustrate the impact of deforestation on climate change in such a visually stunning manner, are therefore excellent instruments to further promote these missions.”
Environmental Change Institute – Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests (OCTF)
The Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests (OCTF – www.octf.org.uk) is a network of university departments, businesses and NGOs focused on interdisciplinary research on the future of tropical forests, funded by the James Martin 21st Century School. It is coordinated by the Environmental Change Institute (www.eci.ox.ac.uk) within the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University. Ghost Forest has enjoyed particular support from Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Director of OCTF and one of the world’s leading experts on rainforests and climate change. He is currently in Ghana investigating the role that the international climate change agreements can play in protecting tropical forests.
The way we live is leading to environmental threats such as climate change, species extinction, deforestation, water shortages and the collapse of fisheries. WWF’s One Planet Future Campaign is working to help people live a good quality of life within the earth’s capacity. For more information visit www.wwf.org.uk/oneplanet.
Forests are a key focus of WWF’s global conservation work. We promote and campaign for the protection, responsible management and restoration of forests and we aim to address consumption issues that directly or indirectly drive key threats to forests. To address these threats, WWF-UK promotes forest conservation, implements credible certification and sustainable forest management, and tackles illegal logging and trade. We also support forest conservation field programmes in the Amazon basin, Atlantic forest, Borneo, Colombia, the coastal forests of east Africa, the eastern Himalayas, and New Guinea.
The Prince’s Rainforests Project
The Prince’s Rainforests Project (PRP) was set up in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales following reports from leading climate change experts, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to promote awareness of the urgent need to take action against tropical deforestation. The Prince of Wales has long been concerned about climate change and about how destruction of the world’s rainforests contributes to rising temperatures and sea levels.
Our mission at John Bitar Co (www.johnbitar.com) is to be the leading timber company in Ghana delivering premium quality wood products from sustainably managed forests to the local and international markets. Our vision is to contribute to economic development by creating employment opportunities and opportunities for Ghanaians to develop themselves in their professions. Thoughtful environmental management, continuous product quality, as well as the well being of our workforce are our guiding principles in ensuring satisfaction of all parties involved in our business.
For 16 years Rainforest Concern (www.rainforestconcern.org) has been protecting threatened natural habitats and the vast diversity of life they contain. With particular emphasis on conservation of rainforests, the organisation has 19 projects in 13 countries run in partnership with local partners. Rainforest Concern also works with indigenous communities to gain legal recognition of their ancestral forests.
Rainforest Concern is delighted to endorse the Ghost Project, a highly original, moving, timely and motivating exhibit to demonstrate that art can change opinions.
Timbmet is proud to support the Ghost Forest. We are honoured to have helped Angela to organise it and we entirely support the spirit of the exhibition. For more information on Timbmet and what we do, go to: www.timbmet.com.
Fauna & Flora International
Fauna & Flora International protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity. www.fauna-flora.org.
ClimateCare (www.jpmorganclimatecare.com) is a leader in high quality carbon offset credits. We help lower business emissions and individual carbon footprints through credible, verified carbon reduction projects, because we all want to tackle climate change today; carbon offsetting offers a genuine way to act now.