Eden Reforestation Projects
“It’s the trees that should save us”. That’s how Jørgen Steen Nielsen wrote in Information on October 16, 2018 and we believe him.
That is why we are also extremely happy and proud of the latest collaboration in Climaider – Eden Reforestation Projects. In collaboration with Eden, over the next few years we will be planting up to 2.5 million new trees in Madagascar, in our own forest. That is, there will be a concrete (huge huge) forest in Madagascar solely because of the members of the Climaids.
It is important to note that we do not plant the trees to compensate for your CO2 emissions. We remove 100% of your carbon footprint through verified climate projects where the savings are calculated in tons of CO2, checked and verified to be made into CO2 credits.
The trees we plant through Eden Reforestation Projects are therefore on top the normal compensation. At the bottom of the page you can read why we do this.
Eden Reforestation Projects – what is it?
Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit that has planted more than 300 million trees since 2004. Millions! They have achieved Platinum status with GuideStar (an American organization that assesses and ranks non-profits), is an official UN partner project and operates according to their employ to plant methodology.
Eden Reforestation Projects has started in recognition of the fact that deforestation and extreme poverty go hand in hand – and therefore it also goes hand in hand to lift people out of extreme poverty by replanting the world’s forests. “Employ to plant” works by having Eden enter into areas of extreme poverty and unemployment, offering fair paid work to replant trees. It provides a wealth of socio-economic benefits to the local population while restoring forests.
- The animals regain their natural habitat
- The earth is protected from being depleted and eroded
- Coastlines and marine environment are protected by the mangrove trees – trees that grow in salt water
- CO2 levels in the world are being lowered by establishing new forests.
- Combating extreme poverty by providing local people with money, food and education
- Demands equality by hiring many women in areas where gender inequality is high
When the forests are felled, it leaves the soil vulnerable. After a short time, the land is often so depleted that it is worthless, forcing locals deeper into the forests. The extreme poverty is forcing locals to exploit forest resources. By providing them with an alternative source of income through tree planting, it lifts the population out of the poverty that initially forced them to clear the forests. They are also provided with alternative stoves to cook without having to cut down the wood for firewood, and with clean water which ensures that they do not need large amounts of wood to boil and thereby purify the water. The projects also establish a number of other initiatives such as schools, a maternity clinic and more.
Many of the world’s largest tree planting initiatives, such as Ecosia, choose Eden as their tree planting partner and, according to the World Bank, Eden’s forest projects in Madagascar (where Climaider’s upcoming forest is also established) are larger than all other forest projects on the island combined.
The trees we are going to plant are called mangrove trees. It just means trees that grow in salt water but can easily be different species. Mangrove trees are particularly important because precisely this type of tree absorbs very much CO2 and at the same time counteracts erosion of the coastlines and creates a habitat for a large number of animals and fish. Even though we do not count the trees in the CO2 reduction we make, we still think it is important to plant just the trees that absorb the most CO2. But why don’t we count them? You can read this here:
Why do it like that?
Forests are hugely important to the world. It is literally a “machine” that sucks CO2 directly out of the air. In addition, the forests are home to an incredible amount of the world’s animals and are invaluable from an environmental perspective. They counteract soil erosion, retain soil nutrients, maintain groundwater levels, and many, many more important functions.
Almost everyone agrees that forests play a key role if we are to cope with the climate crisis in any way.
Ever since we started RenSti, we have been repeatedly recommended by various experts to support the forests. This is also why we have two forest projects in our project portfolio right now.
But even though everyone agrees on the importance of forests, there is a problem: Trees are not very suitable for generating CO2 credits.
It’s possible, but cumbersome. If you burn a ton of gas, it is burned. It’s gone and can never come back, you can guarantee.
So far, we have supported forest projects of the highest caliber. Regular checks and many, many precautions ensured that the forests were left standing and that in the event that something happened to a tree, we were guaranteed that another would be replanted in its place. We did this because it The most important thingfor us in Climaider is that you can count on our projects removing the CO2 they need.
But all that control means that a large portion of the money we spend on planting trees ends up being spent on control and verification. It is important if you want to make CO2 credits from the trees, but do everything else just that less money is spent on planting trees.
That is why we have now decided in Climaider, in future, to remove all CO2 through climate projects where there can be no doubt – as in the example of the gas being burned off and therefore gone forever. It is your guarantee that your carbon footprint will always be removed. But on top of that, we plant trees through Eden. By not counting the trees in the CO2 accounts, we avoid having to spend so much money on control and can therefore plant far more trees than before – but without compromising.
Ca. 80% of the trees we plant through Eden survive. But when you consider that the trees themselves spread their seeds and replant, it actually ends up with each tree ending up in 3 living trees. So, for example, if you plant 15 trees a month through your membership, it will eventually become 45 trees.
That is why we are both incredibly happy and proud of this new solution and look forward to showing you pictures and providing updates on how your forest in Madagascar is doing.