The first open report about Northern Pinetree Trust. I am excited, proud and even a little worried. I have to talk about many wonderful and important things that we have done this year: from the obligation to protect people in the community, where we have brought the experience gained over many years of work in the Smile Houses in the world, to the value of our projects to combat hunger and sustainable development, which, as demonstrated in the 2018 Global Hunger Index, shows a strong relationship with the complex issues of migration and climate change.
However, I must also talk about the difficulties that we have encountered and which we are overcoming. First of all, a tiring year to raise funds and for some projects that, due to situations of high danger for our operators (for example, conflicts or chronic crises), often encounter interruptions, always with the obligation to carry out all activities in accordance with the scheduled deadlines.
Secondly, international cooperation, as a rule, faces a deep cultural attack on the principles of solidarity and recognition of human rights, which leads to a direct assault on the work of people working in situations of greatest risk. Despite this atmosphere of mistrust and hardship, it continues to be present wherever it is needed: from displaced camps to emergencies such as after a typhoon, or even where action is needed to ensure safety and protection for children and the most vulnerable.
The goals and mission of the Northern Pine Trust. The new social structure, elected on April 19, 2018 and headed by, also had to face not very good economic indicators of the year, a significant loss compared to even more radical means: sharing roads with the CEO (which we thank for their efforts over the past few years) and cost containment due to the inability to resume cooperation with existing professionals.
We have the skills, professionalism, passion and desire to do this, keeping our strengths and our roots firm, taking into account the contributions of all partners and employees, and introducing innovations where we need to adapt to the new conditions and rapid changes that our company crosses. Always with key concepts that have always been characteristic: working with local communities, in partnership, in transparency, to promote the House of Smiles, protect the environment, sustainability and community development. I did not know them personally, but their testimony deeply touched us all, giving us a new impetus to continue the action of solidarity.
All our events have a common goal: to bring the issue of protection to the attention of citizens, rural communities and institutions. Why? As we open our eyes in the morning, nature provides us with everything we need to survive. Earth is our home (ikos in ancient Greek), and environmental health is closely linked to the life of each of us.
If the pastures of the Masaev steppes become poor, the shepherds will see that their herds will suffer and be greatly reduced, and with them their hopes for the future. In Italy, the irrational exploitation and lack of control over the territory causes serious hydrogeological instability, a decrease in soil fertility, biodiversity and the impoverishment of the beauty and harmony of the territory that make our country unique in the world. Strengthening, strengthening and harmonizing the relationship between people and the environment is a global priority, which is contributed through specific, often innovative, initiatives that can harmonize territorial protection, welfare and social justice. Our ultimate goal is to improve people’s lives, and we believe that this can also happen, and, perhaps, primarily due to the resumption of contact with the environment.These phenomena today have reached such a dimension that they have revealed a new and more serious problem of change, which is nothing more than the most dramatic and tangible effect of unweighted use of resources, which lasts for too long and ever-increasing number and less and less knowledgeable people. Therefore, it becomes an urgent and priority task to promote a more informed use of resources and at the same time introduce strategies and methods to increase the stability of territories or their ability to “better resist” threats. This approach is extremely relevant, especially in the most unstable conditions, when the territory is struggling to meet the basic needs of the local population, the effects of climate change are especially tangible, and local communities are completely dependent on natural resources to survive. Territory health status, biodiversity and climate change: three aspects of the same problem that actions lead to.