Nearly 1 million trees planted in Haiti
Last updated September 11th, 2020
Relieving a major humanitarian and ecological catastrophe
After decades of work and millions of dollars invested by the international community, Haiti remains one of the most environmentally degraded countries on earth. With 98% of Haiti’s forests already gone, the UN estimates that 30% of the nations’ remaining trees are being destroyed each year. The majority of Haiti’s population uses charcoal as their primary cooking fuel, and charcoal production is a major cause of the continued deforestation of Haiti. This deforestation magnifies the effects of hurricanes and contributes to soil degradation which leaves people without anyway to farm their food.
Years of ecological devastation in Haiti has led to some serious consequences including, but not limited to, varying levels of crop failure, flooding, soil erosion and water table depletion. In Haiti, the destructive impact that environmental systems can have is exacerbated due to the lack of protection that native forests and mangrove systems provide. To combat this, Eden Projects has been working directly with local community leaders through partnerships, to plant, protect and guard trees to maturity. In doing so, Eden Projects hopes to help restore the natural environment as well as provide agroforestry trees for food security.
So far nearly 1 million trees have been planted by local villagers and 10 thousand working days have been created in Haiti.
The Carbon Impact
By planting trees, you can be sure of your carbon impact. Trees capture and permanently store carbon dioxide from the air in their trunks. Capturing CO2 from the air is how they grow; it is nature’s solution to climate change. All we need do is plant the trees and give them room to grow. Reduce My Footprint works to ensure that your trees capture enough CO2 to offset your lifestyle according to your subscription plan.
The Approach to Reforestation
One of the key reasons we have chosen to partner with Eden is because of their holistic approach to reforestation. Their approach follows four key steps.
- Identify and partner with local villages that are committed to restoring their forests
- Hire and train local villagers to plant new trees
- Villagers carry out reforestation work
- Villages protect their new forest because they have a vested interest (in addition to legal protections provided by local and national governments)
This approach means that not only is the reforestation work done well and rigorously, but it also provides local jobs and gains the support of the local community. Using this method Eden has achieved a seedling survival rate of >80%. Over time the forests themselves become self-sustaining and begin to naturally grow even more trees. The good deed of planting trees ripples out to create even greater impact. Your subscription to Reduce My Footprint considers the further natural forestation as additional to your impact.