More than 6.3 million trees planted in Mozambique
Last updated September 13th, 2020
Reforestation that tackles poverty
Mozambique is located on the eastern coast of Africa with 68% of its population living in rural parts of the country. This Eastern African country is home to 20 globally threatened bird species, and over 200 endemic mammal species. With over 45% of the population living beneath the poverty line, the population relies heavily on its natural resources and forests for survival.
Historically home to vast mangrove estuaries and forests, Mozambique’s mangroves have been largely decimated and destroyed. Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local communities and villagers to restore, replant and protect these precious forest systems. So far, 6.3 million trees have been planted and 63 thousand working days created.
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 Carbon Impact
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.