The WSC has diligently canvased prospective cases where funds are desperately needed. The locations we have chosen needed our help to continue the initiatives that are in place or to build new initiatives where reforestation has depleted much needed habitats. The final 18 projects have the following in common:
The primary focus of the eighteen projects is reforestation but they've several impacts such as:
Save this little one's habitat, Indonesia - Orangutan Information Centre (OIC)
Protect nature in areas of war and unrest, Jordan - Arab Group for the Protection of Nature
Help keep the voluntary self-isolation of the Huaorani indigenous tribe, Ecuador - Asociación de Mujeres Waorani
Grow crab farms, Philippines - Trowel Development Foundation
Improve the living conditions of villagers, Cameroon - Agripo
Build a forest for the Monarch butterflies, Mexico - Forests for Monarchs
Restore the root of the Amazon, Columbia - Green Hope Foundation
Provide a retirement home for elephants, Myanmar - Green Hill Valley
Tayap, a village located in the rainforest Congo Basin of Central Cameroon, has a partial equatorial forest. Because of intense forest farming, certain flora and fauna species are critically endangered. AGRIPO is intent on changing this by establishing more sustainable practices. One major aim was to improve the living conditions of the villages’ rural population by promoting organic agriculture and promoting eco-tourism. Agroforestry and eco-orchards are current activities in attaining lifestyle improvements that will be scaled up and enlarged as this commitment moves forward.
There are already many major achievements attained as a direct result of AGRIPO’s initiative. Sustainable crop rotation is now being practiced on over 100 designated hectares of land as well as a 2 hectare nursery plot for the planting of 12,500 seedlings of indigenous species of non-timber forest products like wild mangoes. In addition, as a result of funding from the GEF Small Grants Programme managed by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Tayap has established a micro-credit scheme for rural women; create employment opportunities in the community that also extend to the youth. As a result of their hard work and learning through practice, the village has been awarded “Climate Challenge – Innovation in Agriculture and Forestry” of AFD-CIRAD in 2016.
For more information on the strong community engagement with this initiative, please view their website: website
Yayasan Orangutan Sumatera Lestari - Orangutan Information Centre Sumatran Orangutan Habitat Reforestation Indonesia
This Indonesian reforestation initiative is primarily focused on saving orangutans with an added component of fostering tourism. The Orangutan Information Center (OIC) has been in operation in Sumatra, Indonesia since 2001, raising awareness in the local communities as well as the local government about ecosystem conservation. The orangutan is the flagship species because of its critically endangered status because of their compromised habitat. The participation of the local communities is vital to the success of the OIC initiative through environmental education, training programs and sustainable development practices.
At present, the OIC works in Northern Sumatra, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at a grassroots level in raising awareness of the importance of sustainable practices and ecosystem conservation. Run by Indonesian conservationists, drawn from conservation science, forestry and environmental education backgrounds, they instill pride in the local communities for their efforts in conservation practices. The community then owns the fate of Indonesia’s endemic species and natural habitats. Their methods work more successfully than most international efforts because of their knowledge of local needs.
For Orangutans to thrive, the need for community knowledge and practices is urgent. This species once populated vast areas of the forests of Southeast Asia but are now confined to two islands in Indonesia and Malaysia where two genetically distinct species exist, the Sumatran Orangutan and the Bornean Orangutan. The former is predicted to become the first Great Ape species to go extinct in the wild because of the lost forests by human development. Vast spans of forests were depleted to agricultural plantations as well as the illegal natural resource extraction. There are now less than 900,000 hectares of orangutan habitat left standing. As a result, the Sumatran Orangutan has had a population depletion of over 86% in the past 100 years making it critically endangered. With the current rate of habitat loss, certain extinction could occur within 50 years. The forests not only ensure the fate of the orangutans, but offer valuable ecological services such a water for consumption and irrigation, soil fertility, flood control and climate regulation, all vital for its biodiversity value and restoration for an economic value to be gained far higher than for deforestation for oil palm, logging and other developments.
This is a community-oriented reforestation initiative with an educational center and activities for ecotourism. The reforestation project is organized in cooperation with the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor/ San Juan La Selva section.
The SCLC focuses its efforts in four areas — environmental education, community development, conservation, and tourism — in order to help form future environmental leaders, raise the organizational capacity of local communities, promote sustainable land use, and connect tourists to the local community. Programs which are run by international volunteers and community members serve hundreds of local people and thousands of ecotourists each year. These programs include environmental education, rural tourism activities, English classes, community outreach, women’s groups, and scholarship funds for high school students.
The SCLC integrates their existing youth environmental education programs, which serve over 70 local students, and Ecotourism projects with reforestation on local farms in order to transfer knowledge across generations and to link grassroots forestry with local development. Through word of mouth and community visits, SCLC was able to plant over 5000 trees in 2006-2007. Ecology Clubs and Scholarship students, visiting students and families have helped plant and monitor the projects.
The SCLC works with the full support of local development associations, the Executive Committee of the San Juan-La Selva section of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, and the Sarapiquí Natural Resources Commission, all sharing the belief that successful conservation must benefit local people. Following a global trend that is a reaction to simply fencing local people out of national parks and private reserves, this new conservation approach seeks to include local people as allies and partners in sustainable development and habitat protection. They are also working with the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor to plan for and promote environmental education about the Chilamate section of this effort. The SCLC plays a coordinating role in promoting environmental education and outreach related to the Chilamate corridor. This new biological corridor will seek to link currently protected forested areas through positive incentives for rainforest protection, reforestation, and alternative land uses such as sustainable agriculture and ecotourism.##
Since 2003, this project has been organized in the Philippines on the island province of Palawan. In the city of Puerto Princesa, an annual mangrove plantation activity is celebrated on the 14 of February, St. Valentine’s Day. A total of 2,500 mangrove seedlings are planted along a two-hectare denuded area in one of its villages, San Jose. The event reinforces the awareness of the ecological role of, not only mangroves, but of other coastal ecosystems. Organized entertainment and activities include environmental quizes, related films, and band concerts on the day of the event. Palawan contains 43% of the total mangrove forests of the country and Puerto Princesa is where the total area of mangrove forests do not decline, but are increasing, thereby proving the success of this environmental initiative. ##
Covering 549 acres (222 hectares), this Indian Farm Forestry Development Co-operative Limited (IFFDC) project is being implemented in the Uttar Pradesh districts of Allahabad, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Unnao and Lucknow. The primary goal of the IFFDC is to reduce an estimated 169,554 CO2e (carbon monoxide equivalent) over the course of its 30-year lifetime and has been designed to assist farmers, both men and women, promote the establishment of plantations on wasteland and marginally productive lands. This is achieved by organizing primary farm/forestry cooperatives. Project activities are aimed at improving soil and water conservation that help to bring about ecological balance and generate consistent employment for the rural poor. The target group comprises small and marginal farmers who own less than 4.9 acres (two hectares) each, as well as those without land of their own, making up more than 90 percent of the total membership.
In Ethiopia, the Sodo Community Managed Reforestation Project is a joint initiative of the Sodo community and World Vision Ethiopia. Its goal is to restore and protect the mountain high forest on the slopes of Mt. Damota in the highlands of Southern Ethiopia. The project aims include maintaining and increasing native flora and fauna diversity; improve existing soil conditions, thereby reducing the risk of floods and erosion and improve agricultural yields and livelihoods; foster carbon sequestration through environmental rehabilitation; and supporting the long-term regeneration of the ecosystem in the 503-hectare project zone.
At this time, the project has achieved pre-validation under the CarbonFix Standard, as well as validation against the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards. It proposes a certification period of 35 years starting in 2006, resulting in the sequestration of an estimated 189,026 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. The forest area is now owned by five Sodo communities in the vicinity of the project zone. These communities have secured land-right certificates from the Ethiopian government. In addition, the government has endorsed their ownership of carbon rights, allowing revenues derived from carbon offsets to be owned by the communities. Co-operatives have been established to manage the project area. ##
Trees Water and People is a multifaceted organization, currently benefiting community led reforestation projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti. Between 1998- 2004, an impressive 5,652,803 trees were planted. What is also important for this organization in addition to planting and protecting trees, are their programs focusing on establishing and maintaining tree nurseries, educating communities about positive environmental impacts of reforestation and strengthening economic development through conservation and the management of forest resources. Trees, Water and People work with local groups already organized in their efforts for sustainable practices, as well as with schools and communities in low-income rural areas. They provide guidance on how to maintain their trees by planting and grafting. The Central American and Haitian tree nurseries produce the native tree seedlings and plant them in deforested areas, family farms and around their own homes. Some of the mature trees are used for firewood and fruit production, while others remain for the entire life cycle of the tree, beneficial in sequestering carbon and creating healthy soils and watersheds. ##
Located in California, USA, Eden Projects is dedicated to advancing reforestation in four countries: Haiti, Madagascar, Ethiopia and Nepal. All of these countries have experienced severe deforestation and the ensuing consequences. For example, in Ethiopia, a startling 98% of the forests have been destroyed in the last 50 years. In Haiti, less than 2% of the land is forested compared to 60% just 80 years ago, presenting a devastating environmental problem and urgent response.
The Eden Project aims to reverse deforestation while addressing extreme poverty in these areas. This challenge starts with engaging local villagers in these efforts, which in turn, provides the villagers and their families a much needed income while strengthening the overall communities in which they live.
The success of the organization speaks for itself with the cumulative planting of approximately 90 million trees! The general organization structure appears transparent and trustworthy, and their existing network might be useful to engage sponsors in the World School Championship in Reforestation. According to the information on the website, planting one tree requires $0.1, and hence with an amount of $10, an additional 100 trees could be planted. ##
In 2008, the idea for WeForest evolved out of a thorough search for scientific evidence of Global Warming, and in turn, to address this urgent issue by providing feasible, realistic and simple solutions for a business model. Co-founder, Bill Liao, Special Envoy for Sustainable Development and the Environment at St. Kitts and Nevis, along with Mary-Noelle Keijzer, decided to transform their powerful business model into an NGO. WeForest was established in Belgium in 2010 (non-profit organization) with a model of using trees as currency for companies to engage their millions of customers. It was enhanced in 2014 when, for the first time, brands distributed trees directly to their customers. As a result of this, over 8 million trees have been planted.
The company is comprised of a team of 20 professionals spread over 3 continents and 12 countries, all sharing the same commitment for a better world. Half of the team is made up of volunteers. The company operates responsibly with transparency through their accounting practices and their quality of project reporting. Over 140 companies that receive bi-annual, thorough updates on their trees trust WeForest. All sponsorships with over 10,000 trees are featured on the WeForest website, however, donations cannot be promoted according to the Belgian VAT ruling, but, the company logo will appear on the site.##
Located in Quy Nhon City, Vietnam, the ISET Mangrove Restoration Project is a collaborative effort between Binh Dinh Climate Change Coordination Office and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Their work is focused on restoring the ecosystem of a mangrove forest in the Thi Nai lagoon of Quy Nhon City with the use of co-management practices to enable not only positive community benefits, but also successful forest regeneration. Communities are invited to engage in co-managing the newly planted forests.
ISET is located in the USA and has so far, planned for the duration of the project through 2016.
Planeterra is based in Ontario, Canada. Their project plan is for the reforestation of areas in Southern Brazil by engaging community groups to determine their present land use practices and help guide them toward greater self-sufficiency.
Why Brazil? The company recognizes that some of the greatest forest habitat losses have taken place in this country. The nation has lost hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of Amazonian forests, an area larger than many countries. This deforestation is due largely to clearing land for cattle ranching, commercial agriculture and logging. The project aims to educate local people in the benefits of maintaining natural ecosystems and developing methods of sustainable forestry. This will then lead to benefits in the overall health of the environment; enhance nutrition and economical benefits for the community. To reach these objectives requires training community groups in Guaranta, Promissão, Arcos Iris, and Marilia to develop and utilize better land use practices in moving toward greater self-sufficiency and simultaneously reforest their lands.
From 2009-2012, the project contributed $31,000 toward local communities in Southern Brazil to reforest their lands. A total of 450,000 trees have been planted by providing training through workshops and seedlings for farmers in order to increase their food production. The resulting reforestation has created natural barriers on their lands and provides shade and sustenance for livestock and other animals. Agroforestry students from the University of Londrina worked with settlement populations to provide training to new residents of the area who were once landless. Effective training methods included the distribution of manuals and videos that were developed and distributed with best practice reforestation instruction to the different communities. ##
GHF was founded in 2007 by the Japanese-Colombian, Mr. Chan Shigematsu. He is focusing on developing sustainable projects and forest conservation in the Colombian Amazon, although he also develops sustainable social projects in different parts of our country and other countries.
Since 2010, Green Hope Colombia (GHC) began its pilot project in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest. This pilot project served to review past attempts at reforestation so as to ensure success in future projects. Since then GHC has the support of the European Community to plant approximately 7,000 to 10,000 native trees annually, in Indigenous communities that has deforested their environment. NGO and the community working together, ensures that families benefit the most from the project by putting their desire to succeed and to work and improve their quality of life, first and foremost.
Meanwhile, GHC supports the community with workshops, materials, planting native seeds, organic fertilizer, shovels, machetes, gloves and boots to build nurseries and then planting these native trees. The goal is to recover degraded soils, restore and make La Selva, the root of the Amazon, sustainably managed with natural resources; for the communities to produce food, and for the surplus to be sold on the local markets of their cities and hotel projects, thereby encouraging ecotourism.
Financial support is sought to plant more trees, create fruit and observe other national and international markets. The development of these projects empowers their communities now and for future generations. It will also discourage the current illegal practices of wildlife poaching, trafficking wood, prostitution, gangs and the trafficking of illicit drugs.
At this time, our indigenous communities and we will be planting 38,000 native trees. ##
Founded in 1997, the Kwetu Training Centre is based in Kenya’s coastal district of Kilifi where it uses a model demonstration site and extensive youth group engagement to promote sustainable environmental management of the coast’s mangrove forests. This has involved voluntary reforestation efforts and development of silviculture based around the mangrove ecosystems, such as crab farming, bee keeping and ecotourism. To this end, the center has recently constructed a boardwalk through the local mangrove forests. As local illiteracy rates are high, Kwetu uses methods such as dance, drama, and music to convey conservation messages to local communities, and especially youth, while the group also runs a campaign to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. Its role as a critical support system for local initiatives has resulted in widespread impact along the coast, including the planting of more than 190,000 mangrove seedlings since 2007.
Founded in 1993, the Monte Alto Foundation protects the high basin of the Nosara River by the creation and administration of 924 hectare forest reserve. In response to local deforestation pressures on the area surrounding the headwaters of the Nosara River, a source of drinking water and of well being for the inhabitants of the small town of Hojancha in the central highlands of the Nicoya peninsula, local farmers came together in 1994 to enhance local forest conservation and create the co-managed Monte Alto Protected Zone. This 924-hectare area was created by acquiring land for natural regeneration or reforestation. A co-management agreement with the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment ensures local participation in the area's management decisions.
The Fundación Pro Reserva Forestal , Monte Alto, continues to use monthly contributions from its member farmers to purchase additional land parcels, adding to the forest reserve area. Alternative income-generating activities such as ecotourism have helped to decrease reliance on clearing forest for cultivation for the community's 7,250 residents. The reserve is also excellent for bird watching. The Foundation was awarded with the National Environment Award “Guayacan” 1996 and the National Award for Healthy Communities by the WHO in 1998.
Founded in 2004, the Trowel Development Foundation is a community-based organization employing climate-adapted aquaculture technology to replant mangroves. Mangrove reforestation efforts have focused on planting native tree species in strategic areas, resulting in restored marine biodiversity, food security, and protection of coastal areas. The initiative also works to increase local incomes and improve livelihoods through a value-chain system to market tie-crabs. The group has established five community managed tie-crab farms that benefit 250 subsistence-fishing households. This innovation has been implemented in idle fishponds, where mangrove-friendly and climate adapted tie-crab fattening technology has been employed to double the income of fishing households.
Located in the Amazon rainforest of Tambopata, southern Peru, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, Camino Verde is dedicated to preservation of this extraordinary bio-diversity through the planting of the regions most endangered trees. Our Living Seed Bank is a reforestation center and working farm representing over 300 species of trees with more then 20,000 individual trees planted to date.
In Tambopata and throughout the Amazon, the leading cause of deforestation is agriculture by slash and burn, but, an alternative to this ecologically destructive farming exists. Camino Verde practices and shares agro-forestry, another name for an ecologically sound, tree-based agriculture. The areas planted are highly diversified polycultures that imitate the structure of wild forest and provide habitat for animals while providing a perennial, diversified income to small farmers. Many of the species planted have never been planted elsewhere. As a result, Camino Verde is compiling a unique body of data on native species reforestation that will inform future efforts. They have also been actively sharing successes with local farmers, planting over 5000 trees. Additionally, Camino Verde's innovative strategies have been shared with farmers on 3 continents.
Ecuador's Yasuní Man and the Biosphere Reserve is located at the intersection of the Amazon, the Andes mountains, and the equator—is home to extraordinary biodiversity and a recently contacted Amazonian indigenous group known as the Waorani (or Huaorani). Relatives of the Waorani, the Tagaeri and Taromenane, still live in voluntary isolation deep in the reserve, Developed in response to the uncontrolled poaching of wildlife in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve (driven by local demand for bushmeat), Asociación de Mujeres Waorani del Ecuador is promoting organic cocoa cultivation as a wildlife protection measure and a pathway to local sustainable development. The association has created a land management plan that emphasizes zero deforestation, organic cocoa certification as a primary economic driver, and the management of subsistence hunting activities to protect threatened and vulnerable wildlife species. Community cocoa is processed into organic-certified chocolate, creating local access to new markets and more lucrative revenue streams. The association has been so successful at reorienting the local economy that the bushmeat market has been closed down. Women lead both organic farming and business management activities. Organic cocoa cultivation is complemented by activities in fish farming, fruit tree cultivation, and the operation of tree nurseries, which support both food security and reforestation needs. Revenues from the cocoa business have been invested into local education, health and infrastructure projects.
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