298 million trees planted in Madagascar
Last updated September 13th, 2020
Restoring Madagascar’s natural forests
Madagascar is more than just an island from an animated movie. It’s a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. But more than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed,
Eden Reforestation Projects launched its Madagascar project sites in 2007 by restoring ecologically devastated mangrove estuaries in the northwest of the country. Mangrove forests are essential ecosystems whose dense roots serve as an anchor for the soil and coastline preventing erosion and creating a barrier between harsh ocean systems and land. What began as primarily mangrove restoration and reforestation in 2007 grew to include a variety of native dry deciduous species in 2012.
Eden Projects works with two National Park systems, which aim to reforest and revive natural habitat for endangered and endemic animal species. Your subscription to Reduce My Footprint will go towards both mangrove restoration and the planting of dry deciduous species. This will help save these endangered species from the loss of habitat, as well as save the planet from climate change. So far Eden have planted 298 million (!) trees in Madagascar and created 3 million workdays for local villagers in the process.
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 will in fact have an even greater impact than what it says on your profile