Community Reforestation Model
Our approach ensures the preservation of local habitats, reduces
poverty, and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Plant trees. Offset Carbon. Improve Lives!
We work with local communities to implement reforestation projects with their input from the earliest stages. Each community is empowered to form a project group and appoints their own organizers and supervisors. Every community member agrees to plant, nurture and protect a minimum number of trees.
In addition to capturing carbon through reforestation and providing livelihoods, our work maximizes the social development contributions by supporting other community initiatives such as access to education, water, smokeless stoves, etc.
We incorporate The United Nations Social Development Goals at the core of our projects. With our model, donors can use the carbon sequestered by the trees planted to offset their carbon footprint at the same time that they’re providing support to families in vulnerable situations.
The model works as follows: Each family receives planting fees, training, and financial support to plant trees and take care of them.
As trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide. Studies have shown that, on average, a tropical tree will sequester at least 20 kg of carbon every year during its growth cycle of 40 years.
Based on this, planting 300 trees will offset an average annual UK carbon footprint of 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year for 40+ years.
In addition, after three years, families can start to harvest and sell fruit crops. This generates an income stream equivalent to £900 annually for each family. It may not seem much, but this represents an average 60% increase in their annual household income.
Why a community based model?
A collaborative approach with local communities ensures the success of reforestation projects, as this approach makes it easier to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas.
In this model, each community forms a project group and appoints organizers and supervisors. Every participant agrees to plant, nurture and protect a minimum number of trees.
In addition to reforestation, the hope is to maximize the social development contributions by supporting other community initiatives such as access to education, water, smokeless stoves, etc.