Social enterprise ArBolivia is using money from Western investors and crowdfunding to create profitable and ecologically minded timber production in areas of the South American rainforest, that might otherwise be clearcut. The hardwoord takes many years to grow and if managed sensibly is a softer approach to resource use that can offer big money to farmers at less of a cost to the environment.

So far ArBolivia has planted 1.5 million native trees and in the coming years it’s farmers are set to earn £58,000 a year on average – a huge sum for the region, which many say they will put towards the education their children and grandchildren, aiming to put an end to the cycle of poverty.

Read more at Positive News: http://positivenews.org.uk/2015/economics_innovation/18707/tackling-amazon-deforestation-crowdfunding/