Coming up soon: our second reforestation project!
We dedicated the latest months to develop the framework for our second reforestation project, an ambitious proposal which makes a lot of sense. Are you ready to learn more about it? Just keep reading and share your thoughts with us!
Thousands of cacao, avocado and mandarine trees will be planted in a regenerated area of the Cochabamba province, in central Bolivia. The project is implemented by a local NGO with more than ten years of experience in reforestation and agroforestry projects.
The great novelty this time is that this project counts on a third party, independent certification by Plan Vivo. This Scottish NGO, which is among the world's leaders in ecosystems and carbon certification, provides communities with a frame to manage their resources in a sustainable way, with a view to generate climate, livelihood and ecosystem benefits. This assures a community-led approach in both the design and implementation phases of the projects. And this is what makes the difference to us!
We believe farmers are among the hardest working people in the world. Their heavy involvement in the fight against deforestation is crucial to slow down global warming and provide economic opportunities in less developed areas of the planet.
The Bolivia Cochabamba project has a strong focus on providing local communities economic compensation for their ecosystem services. The key concept here is as easy as powerful: farmers are paid for planting trees and taking care of the local ecosystem so that they do not need to cut down the forest and exploit the soil with other productions.
The root of deforestation in Bolivia is poverty. And it is against poverty that we need to fight. Concretely, the project will provide an average of $87,000 per farmer over the lifetime of the project. This represents a very important amount in a country where the average income per capita was just over $2,500 in 2013.
This approach leads farmers to consider trees as a long term asset that can be used to fund specific needs such as further education for children and grandchildren, or for unforeseen health care provision. The trees can also provide collateral to secure microfinance loans.
The project will be fully operational in July. Trees are now in the nursery where farmers are taking care of them while preparing the land for the imminent plantation. Then it will come the time of trees geo-localization and picture documentation applied using the Greenamity methodology.
We would like to assure you that your trust on villagers is well repaid. This is the core value of Greenamity working approach and we will keep doing our best to make you "feel" and live your trees!