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ROOTED IN ETHICS.

We are calling for land and forest restoration that respects the rights of Nature, communities and cultures.

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ABOUT THE FRAMEWORK.

Rooted in Ethics: The Community Tree Stewardship Framework redefines ethical tree growing.

 

Co-created over five years and co-published by The Fountain and TreeSisters, this framework and its supplementary guide outline and provide practical guidelines for honouring life through a biocultural rights-based approach to care for trees and communities.

 

Together, we are calling for land and forest restoration that respects the inherent rights of Nature, communities and cultures.

Rooted in Ethics, promotes Pillars of Nature Relationships and Ethical Principles agreed upon by representatives of Original Peoples and Nations, tree and community-focused organisations and our Restoration Strategy Partners.​

 

This guide is for everyone, but it has been designed specifically for those working in or with the reforestation and restoration sector, Original Peoples and Nations, community groups and anyone interested in ethical care for the Earth.

WHY DO WE NEED THIS FRAMEWORK?

The drive to protect Nature, forests, and the climate needs to be guided by a deep understanding of local communities, trees and the recognition that the Earth is conscious and intelligent.  We will never effectively address the challenges faced in these areas using the same mindset, injustices, and systems that created them. Rooted in Ethics provides a non-market-based approach to support forest and land restoration prioritising the rights of both Nature and communities. 

 

TreeSisters has trialled working with these ethics and practices within the organisation and through our Restoration Strategy. The Practices Guide includes questions to support organisations and communities to align their human systems with Nature's systems; whilst promoting the freedom, responsibility and agility needed for communities to care for Ecosystems.

 

We see this framework as a global initiative, offering an ecocentric, biocultural, and rights-based approach for the enduring well-being of communities, cultures, trees, ecosystems and the climate.

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES.

You can learn more about the 7 Ethical Principles here.

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Honouring of Trees

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Ecosystem Integrity & the Rights of Nature & Mother Earth

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Collaboration & Ongoing Relationships

Community Rights, Land Tenure & Indigenous Data Sovereignty

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Human Rights & Sovereignty

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Gender Equity & Including Women in Community Decision-Making

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Eliminating Harm, Promoting Harmony & Balance

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READ ROOTED IN ETHICS.

Co-created over five years by The Fountain and TreeSisters, it provides an ethical framework for honouring life through a biocultural rights-based approach to care for trees and communities.

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DOWNLOAD THE PRACTICE GUIDES.

The TreeSisters Restoration Strategy is built on a foundation of evolution. Find out about how we support restoration partners and our priorities for future projects.

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READ OUR CASE STUDIES AND SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK.

You can read about some of our ethics in action case studies here. And please share your feedback and questions through our online questionnaire or by emailing learning@treesisters.org.

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THE PILLARS OF NATURE RELATIONSHIPS

The Pillars of Nature Relationships are Receptive, Reciprocal and Respectful. These represent the approach to entering into a beneficial relationship with Nature. 

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WHAT DOES BIOCULTURAL RESTORATION MEAN?

As you explore Rooted in Ethics, you’ll come across the term ‘biocultural restoration’. But what does it mean? This approach to restoration aims to honour and restore Nature and our relationship with it. 

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Plant sentience is a huge and ongoing debate within science and academia. So, why are we using this language about ALL beings of Nature?

NATURE AS CONSCIOUS AND INTELLIGENT

OUR TIMELINE SO FAR.

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THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTNERS AND CONTRIBUTORS.

TreeSisters and the Fountain thank the many contributors and editors, including, but not limited to, representatives of the Mother Earth Delegation of United Original Nations, International Tree Foundation, WeForest and Trees for the Future. We would also like to thank our regular donors and funders, Be The Earth and the Tedworth Trust.  

 

For a complete list, please see the acknowledgements and appendices of the Community Tree Stewardship Framework document.

The Fountain is a U.S.-based non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting Sacred Economics, Territories and Cultures and advising and educating organisations and individuals based on Original Principles and ancestral wisdom. Our partnership brings together deep knowledge of original principles and protocols with the best scientific research practices.

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SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS.

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"The forest is a living entity with many connections... Losing it is like losing a language of Good Living."

Mindahi Bastida, Otomi-Toltec Nation and co-author of Rooted in Ethics.

WHAT'S COMING NEXT?

Following feedback from this first launch, future editions and events will focus on the needs of wider audiences.

 

These include: 

  • A practical toolkit for anyone looking to establish community projects with a limited background in land care.

  • Regionally specific toolkits celebrating the forest and land care aligned to Nature. 

  • Businesses and funders report looking to explore eco-centric funding models through non-market-based mechanisms.

  • A science, policy and education paper to support a deeper analysis of outcomes and practices.

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SUPPORT THIS WORK.

You can support TreeSisters and The Fountain by making direct donations to either charity. Your funding will support the independent activities of each organisation, allowing for further collaboration on this project.

FIND OUT MORE.

ETHICS IN ACTION OUR CASE STUDIES

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SUPPORT OUR WORK

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OUR RESTORATION STRATEGY

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