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Planted and Restored Nearly A Billion Trees and Looking For Companies To Partner With - Eden Reforestation Projects

Cool Story - Planted and Restored Nearly A Billion Trees and Looking For Companies To Partner With - Eden Reforestation Projects

Planting trees is one of the most effective strategies being used to combat climate change. A nonprofit has already planted and restored nearly one billion trees, which is a significant achievement despite the almost impossible aim of planting a trillion trees.

A nonprofit organization called Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) assists communities living in extreme poverty as a result of deforestation and the destruction of the land that supports them by working to restore natural landscapes that have been damaged by deforestation in developing countries. The company pays 14,800 residents of the area a living wage and gives them the training and resources they need to plant, nurture, and protect millions of trees every year until they reach maturity. Nearly a billion trees have been created, planted, and preserved in Eden to this day.

Eden began in 2004 when Dr. Stephen Fitch was requested to take over an abandoned project for the restoration of a forest along the Udo Escarpment by President Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia's Southern Peoples Region. Eleven Udo people were murdered by terrible flooding brought on by torrential rain in this area that had been cleared of trees. In addition to restoring the local environment so that the inhabitants could meet their basic requirements, the area needed to restore its forest to stop future floods. He was untrained in nursery or forest restoration sciences and had no idea where the money would come from, but he was skilled at listening to people and giving them hope for the future.

This procedure resulted in the creation of the "Employ to Plant" methodology, which is now the foundation of Eden's business model and philosophy. "Employ to Plant" simply refers to giving residents stable, decent-paying jobs to improve their neighborhoods. People have opportunities because of the dignity of work, the infusion of resources, the healing impact of restoring farmland and fisheries, and the decreased risk of drought and flooding. They can have access to enough food, money for education and family care, and the chance to save money and, for some, launch their microenterprises.

Rather than being forced to ruin the local environment in a short-term struggle to survive, they can now contribute to creating a more healthy, diverse local ecology and preserving it for the future. They assembled a neighborhood team and started repairing the abandoned seedling nursery in Ethiopia by using that concept.

In the first year, 330,000 seedlings were grown and planted by the team. After 17 years, Eden has grown to be the largest non-profit organization dedicated to forest restoration worldwide. There are 11 countries where Eden is currently active. Historically, the country that produces the most of it is Madagascar. Eden is currently expanding considerably in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and East Africa.

The organization gains a lot from its size and scope, which allows it to distribute infrastructure expenses across a large base and draw lessons from its experiences in many countries and planting regions. It also benefits from carrying out numerous mangrove restoration initiatives because these are frequently very effective and scalable for a variety of reasons, including the ability to bypass the nursery period by planting propagules right away. The staff at Eden work incredibly hard to keep procedures straightforward and reproducible. Because labor accounts for almost half of Eden's cost per stem, the majority of the countries in which it operates have relatively cheap labor expenses.

For various reasons, Eden has raised their pricing per tree to merely 15 cents per tree in most countries, which is far less than other groups who occasionally charge a dollar per tree. The impact of inflation had begun to creep up because it was the first price hike since Eden had begun. The earlier rates did not include funds for infrastructure and capacity expansion, which have become essential due to its exponential growth. To encourage a sustainable process, Eden is currently allocating more money for long-term protection, monitoring, and assessment, including through a forest guard endowment fund.

In simple terms, companies should find partners that can demonstrate the following to them to avoid greenwashing:

1) They planted the trees for which they were hired;

2)The trees were suitable for the location.

3) They received a single allocation.

Perhaps more significantly, businesses should search for service providers who have a comprehensive plan to restore the area where they are working, employing a variety of techniques in addition to plant stems. Eden views the planting of trees and other ecosystem restoration efforts as inputs that contribute to the output of hectares of functionally restored ecosystems.

They firmly believe that there are connections between maintaining healthy environments and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including eradicating poverty, and that their work directly contributes to this.

The IPCC and other organizations have standards that can be applied to provide global estimates, but Eden tries to avoid getting too far ahead of itself, offering inaccurate precision, or representing "anything."  They also talked about the communities that Eden works with to plant trees in and how to prevent "imperializing" them. According to Eden, "imperializing" happens when strangers enter society and take its resources or force their will on it.

It starts the process by acknowledging the value of local expertise, and then it works with the local communities to include this in cooperative restoration efforts. "They want to "prime the pump" on the socioeconomic side by bringing in resources through the Employ to Plant model, just as they desire, on the restoration side, to "prime the pump" for nature so that nature's processes may kick in and considerably enhance their initial work.'"

To promote long-term sustainability for the local population where it operates, Eden is putting systems in place. This will lessen pressure on the ecosystems themselves and allow for more effective use of resources.

They also talked about some of the largest corporate partners and the kinds of businesses Eden would like to collaborate with. More than 1,200 corporations and tens of thousands more private donors support Eden. They feature several of their partners on their website, but they choose not to single out any one of them because they value and regard all of them. A forest is indeed raised by a village. In the end, achieving the high goals being discussed these days would need worldwide cooperation and active dedication. They extend an invitation to businesses and individuals who share their passion for a sustainable future to collaborate with them in this area.

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Visit this link for partnerships: www.edenprojects.org

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