Bringing back trees
Each year we lose about 40,000km2 to deforestation
This is our big plan to fix this...
An Earth which does not end up like Mars
To plant and protect 1000 km2 every year by 2021
To plant and protect 5000 km2 by 2025
With growing world populations, many of the poorest need to cut trees for fuel or slash and burn to plant subsistence crops.
To prevent this deforestation we need to provide them with an alternative
It is time for a new era of economics where big corporations give back to the Earth for future generations.
By working with the World Bank and governments we can identify areas which have been deforested, and owned by communities where most people live in extreme poverty.
If these people could earn a basic income to re-plant land which has been deforested, there would be no more need to cut trees for fuel and for slash and burn agriculture.
A 2 hectare plot planted as a food forest can make a family self- sufficient within 5 years, as well as providing a surplus to sell.
Guardians get a basic income to plant and maintain trees.
Guardians can each plant and maintain 2 hectares
Guardians are self-sufficient within 5 years.
We provide tree seedlings and outreach.
We monitor and report on progress.
We provide a marketplace for surplus forest products.
We need to take a different approach to conventional economics.
In the future brand value will be linked to the environment.
Our objective is to build a an environmental brand through investing in sustainable tree-planting.
Costs will be offset by selling carbon credits.
Revenue will be generated from marketing the forest products.
Mozambique has 43% forest cover. It is losing 267,000 ha of forest every year. This is equivalent to 46m tonnes of Co2. Slash and burn agriculture is responsible for 65% of deforestation.
In addition 80% of the population relies on fuelwood for cooking.
In Mozambique 48% of people live below the poverty line and in Zambezia province this is as high as 62%
The government of Mozambique aims to restore 1 million hectares by 2030 creating up to 25000 jobs in plantation sector
Zimbabwe has a total forest area of 15.6 million hectares of which 0.8 million hectares is indigenous forest,and 1.15 million hectares is tropical forest
Zimbabwe lost 30% of its forest cover between 1990 and 2010. This is an equivalent of 327,000 ha per year!
90% of rural households depend on fuelwood and charcoal for energy with an average consumption of 4 tonnes per year.
There is great potential to engage communal farmers through outgrower schemes and also to improve the contribution of non wood forest products to rural incomes.
63% of forest is publicly owned (communal or state) and 37% is privately owned.
Madagascar has 22% forest cover, about 12,8 million hectares.
Between 2001 and 2017 it lost 3.27 million hectares, which is eqivalent to 204,000 hectares per year.
The rate of deforestation has increased significantly since 2012 with a loss of 510k ha in 2017. This is largely due to slash and burn agriculture, illegal logging, and fuelwood.
78% of people are living below the poverty line of $1.25/day and 91% live on less than $2 per day.
Population growth of nearly 3% per year is putting pressure on land for agricultural use for both subsistence and cash grops.
Most of the rural population relies on fuelwood for cooking.
Guardians Of Green
We are currently setting up nurseries for seedlings in Zimbabwe and are looking for investors to scale up the operation. For more details please Contact us.