Looking at the dry and deserted forest lands of Kohala is difficult because it was once covered with iliahi, koaia, and other indigenous trees and plants. This is a consequence of climate change and is being found with the Kohala reforestation project.
Nonetheless, Yishan Wong shows the winding path across the green grounds which might help in recovering nature. If we are able to conduct reforestation in at least some part of the forest pocket, we might witness koaia saplings growing upwards.
This gives us hope to try to implement this on a local as well as global level. Wong wants every person to participate in the attempt to turn the wheel of climate change by participating in the restoration of one of the most diverse islands of the world which is also a severely endangered ecosystem.
Wong has explained that we must employ the process of reforestation in the North Kohala region. He intends to restore the ancient forests of sandalwoods in the 45 acres of property situated in Kohala and was a crucial part of the entire place.
Kohala Reforestation Project
In the year 2017, there was a project named Global Carbon which estimated that the entire human activity like land, industry, and fossil fuel use changes will create carbon dioxide of almost 41 gigatons in our atmosphere during that year.
One gigaton is one billion metric-ton and it weighs over 6 million whales put together. This is obviously an enormous amount of CO2 released in our environment and it appears to be a massive challenge to turn it around.
The solution given by Wong to stop climate change is a mass reforestation effort that must include land acres of almost 3 billion. This project depends on the natural process of the tress to fix carbon whereby plants transform CO2 to organic compounds which is a part of the process of photosynthesis. This reforestation project will decrease greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere.
Planting so many trees will definitely require a large amount of freshwater, resources, and land. For this reason, Wong has suggested using desalination facilities that are solar-powered for extracting fresh water from the saltwater and use that to rehabilitate the deserts and barren lands as well as to irrigate new forests across the world.
This ambitious reforestation project will take 20 years to develop new forests that will be self-sustaining and purge CO2 from the atmosphere. According to Wong, Hawaii is the ideal place to start the reforestation project because the expenses and environmental aspects seem suitable. However, he has already kick-started the reforestation of Kohala’s dry forest areas.
Lost Treasure Of Kohala
Credits Yishan Wong
Before the arrival of humans, North Kohala had vast forest lands below Kohala Mountain which bloomed with koaia and other trees including wiliwili, mamane, aaslii, ulie, akia, and iliahi.
Wong wants to restore this natural treasure of North Kohala by reforesting sandalwood, koaia, iliahi, and other kinds of shrubs and trees. Wong is collaborating with Jill Wagner, a horticulturist and forest consultant to start reforestation of this totally denuded landscape.
The water facility of the region can generate 34,000 freshwater gallons each day through osmosis for watering the growing forest. It is solar-powered which also supplies electricity to 15-20 houses nearby.
Wong has estimated that reforestation costs almost $3 trillion for the Kohala forest with an additional $3 trillion annually for twenty years to make it self-sustainable. However, with an increase of 2-degree Celsius, the cost will go up to $69 trillion within this century. Community buy-in will greatly help in the terraformation since solar-powered grids have multipurpose usage.
Image Featured Terraformation