PlayStation has released an update on its Aloy’s Forest initiative, a project it began as part of its commitment to the UN’s Playing for the Planet Alliance where it worked with a number of partners as well as the PlayStation community to support reforestation and other biodiversity and habitat projects around the world.
With the help of Horizon Forbidden West players earning trophies in the name of these important initiatives, it’s been revealed that over 600,000 new trees have been planted along with an estimate 1,800 acres of indigenous lands and wildlife habitats restored.
You can see a video detailing some of the important work done below, along with a rundown of the partners that PlayStation has worked with on this project and the impact they’ve had in their respective regions:
We are proud to have worked with the following partners and organizations on impactful restoration projects around the world:
Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation planted 288,000 trees for players who successfully achieved the “Reached the Daunt” trophy in Horizon Forbidden West. Through this initiative, SIE is helping to complete three major reforestation projects in forests of need across areas in California, Florida, and Wisconsin.
333,000 trees are in the process of being planted by the end of this year to help restore 946 acres of indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon. This work will improve food security and income alternatives for thousands of indigenous people while contributing to conservation efforts and helping mitigate climate change.
The Eden Project (United Kingdom)
Taking inspiration from Seeds of Aloy, the partnership with the Eden Project has so far seen the creation of wildflower habitat in Morecambe, Lancashire, including urban environments. This new habitat will support local wildlife, aid biodiversity, and connect the local community to the natural world.
Flox, street stencil artist from New Zealand, leant her creative expertise to launch Horizon Forbidden West via a highly-visible campaign that took over urban locations across Auckland. Through the use of native plants and eye-catching art work, the team encouraged social engagement by planting a tree for every social share of the outdoor activity. In partnership with Forest & Bird, 1,000 trees were planted at Bushy Park Tarapuruhi to help restore the country’s native forests and wildlife.
Stiftung “Wir helfen dem Wald” (Bavaria division, Germany)
Stiftung “Wir helfen dem Wald” planted 3,000 trees for trophies shared via #AloysWald on Twitter. The restoration of this degraded forest site is part of a research forest initiated by Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald in Bavaria, which is studying climate-resistant tree species.
Proceeds from copies of Horizon Forbidden West sold in Canada were donated to WWF-Canada to restore 1 km2 of coastal habitat in British Columbia. We helped to support WWF-Canada’s work to rehabilitate seagrass, a vital food and shelter resource for many aquatic species. Restoring seagrass also helps to absorb carbon dioxide.
MyTree planted a total of 10,000 trees, helping restore damaged forests in France. One tree was planted for every five players who achieved the “Reached the Daunt” trophy in Horizon Forbidden West.
There is certainly much more work to do, and we are pleased to be able to continue our collaborations with our partner, The Arbor Day Foundation to work on further biodiversity-related projects in African and Asian regions. We look forward to sharing further progress on all these important projects in future.