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Growing trees: responsible reforestation

Elliot Coad

Elliot Coad

Your tree questions answered

  • What's stopping someone from cutting down the newly planted tree?

    This is an obviously important question that needs a good answer from our tree planting partner, Eden Reforestation.

    This is their reply:

    • We work carefully with all levels of government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity. 
    • We hire local villagers to plant the trees. In this way, we alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The villagers now have an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care.
    • A minimum of 10% of the trees to be planted are agroforestry species (fruit, fodder and construction species designed to provide food security and benefit legitimate human needs). Over time these trees become a source of sustainable income.
    • We do all possible to supply the local villagers with alternative fuel sources (fuel efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves), which reduces and or eliminates their dependence on charcoal.
    • We also hire forest guards as part of the labor force. Forest guards are part of the overall budget.
    • Most significantly, we have seen the villagers fall in love with THEIR forest. They also recognize and benefit from the restored forest through increase in fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water and the formation of micro enterprises. 

    From our tree planting partner Eden Reforestation.

  • Why plant mangrove trees?

  • What's the survival rate of these trees?

  • How much carbon does a tree sequester?

  • Is my carbon footprint offset by newly-planted trees?

  • Who is checking to see the tree was planted, and whether it grew up?

  • What if there's a forest fire?

  • Are the trees being planted varied and native species?

  • How do we ensure the indigenous are protected?

  • Are the workers being cared for and paid fairly?

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