What We Do

Annual Report 2015

BOS+ is a Flemish non-profit organization dedicated to forest conservation, sustainable forest management, reforestation, afforestation and forest restoration, both in Flanders, Belgium, and worldwide.

BOS+ wants to be a frontrunner to bring and keep forest issues high on the (political and public) agenda in Flanders. To advance, we cooperate with other organizations in this forest story. Only by working together can awareness grow that forests and trees are vital for a liveable world for humans, plants and animals. BOS+ works on raising awareness and knowledge about the importance of forests and trees for a number of target groups; we also work on implementing innovative approaches "in the field".

Far too many forests still disappear on our planet: several times the size of Belgium every year. In Flanders more forest is cut then there is restored, this makes our region a sad exception in Western Europe, where the past few decades more than two million hectares of forest have been regained. The conclusion is simple: BOS+ wants more forests, because Flanders and the world need more forests. .

Through forests and trees, we meet some of the foremost challenges our planet is facing: forests and trees bring life. Numerous studies support this and more and more people get convinced. Therefore it's important not only to have more, but also better forests. BOS+ strives for greater efforts for the conservation and sustainable management of forests.

BOS+ wants to help to turn the tide. At this time when almost all attention goes to economic growth and financial crises, we must never forget that our society stands or falls with the carrying capacity of nature and the ecosystem services it provides. If we continue to compromise it, sooner or later things will go wrong. That is why BOS+ continues to work hard to improve that capacity through forest conservation, reforestation and afforestation. BOS+ has the knowhow and the experience; we know the possibilities and the pitfalls. We have an innovative approach to forest policy and sustainable forest management. Anyone who is committed to forests can make use of it and engage, together with us, even more actively for more and better forests. Eventually these efforts serve society as a whole, because forests and trees bring life.

green: the regions where BOS+ is active at the moment
yellow: the regions where BOS+ wants to start up activities in the near future