Finding the right partners for Cora + Spink’s commitment to making real world change is not easy. When Matt Williams from Get Mads first approached C+S there was an extensive period of due diligence. Analysing exactly what and how the claims being made were being effected in reality.
(Below is an excerpt from the Get Mads website, outlining the tree planting projects we’re supporting through the Eden Project.)
Just one of the reasons we choose to work with Get Mads is their extensive research into schemes around the world that are genuinely making a positive difference. At the interview stage we questioned Matt directly about how the different projects were chosen, what impacts they were having together with probing questions into the validity of species choice, income and pay levels of workers, and the long term effects of changing local environments. We are very happy to back the Get Mad team, and thoroughly look forward to working with Matt and helping the projects for many years to come.
It will be a goal in the not too distant future to work at the ground level on many of these projects, and with a little bit of luck you can all help us support these very worthwhile causes.
Our natural world is critical for human survival. Yet nearly 75% of the earth’s surface has been altered and impacted by human activity, threatening the very ecosystems and species we rely on. Widespread deforestation not only hurts plant and animal life, but also jeopardises the ability of local communities to live sustainably off of dwindling natural resources. Eden Reforestation Projects is on a mission to combat deforestation by employing local communities to plant trees, providing an empowering means to alleviate extreme poverty through environmental stewardship.
Eden Projects Restore Native Ecosystems while Alleviating Extreme Poverty
Deforestation is a fundamental risk for nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide who depend on forests for their livelihood, including 70 million indigenous people. Land clearing for agricultural use, mining, commercial activity, logging, wildfires, and fuel wood harvesting all contribute to the deforestation of these vital habitats. The unsustainable use of forest land is a vicious cycle that can lead to further soil erosion, desertification, increased flooding and ultimately reduced agricultural productivity, putting further pressure on limited resources.
Since 2005, Eden Reforestation Projects have planted over 500 million trees with roughly 20 million new trees planted each month.
Eden Reforestation Projects fight deforestation and alleviate poverty by employing local communities to restore their natural ecosystems. Eden only plants native tree species to maintain natural biodiversity, and so far, have planted more than 500 million trees around the world. In addition to manually planting millions of trees, Eden Projects have discovered that once natural regeneration kicks in, their tree planting efforts are organically multiplied. For instance, in their Mangrove sites, natural regeneration typically exceeds 150% of the original number planted.This reforestation practice has a number of benefits including restoring animal habit, improving soil quality, and restoring weather patterns.
Reforestation Projects Provide Economic Opportunity for Local Communities
Eden has created means of livelihood for millions of people living in extreme poverty around the world. Each project employs local communities to work within their nurseries and project sites in Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Nicaragua and Honduras, engaging local communities to protect and care for newly planted regions. Additionally, each project site also plants a percentage of selected species that are dedicated for sustainable community use.
Eden Reforestation employs thousands of people, creating nearly 6 million work days through their projects in Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
Today, we plant the majority of trees at Eden’s project site in Nicaragua, however the first Eden Project was brought to life in Ethiopia in 2005. At the time, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariuam Deslegn, invited Dr. Stephen Fitch to take over a reforestation project near Hawassa, Ethiopia. Local communities were employed and in less than 10 years, over 15mn trees were planted and protected by over 3,500 local community members. The success was evident, and Eden has grown in scale and impact, setting up projects around the world. Each grow site is carefully selected for maximum environmental and social impact, following their core mission of using reforestation as a means to alleviate extreme poverty, and protect our planet.
Eden Reforestation Projects is registered as a 501(c)3 non profit organization headquartered in California, USA. They are endorsed on the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Platform and are recognized as a leading actor in international reforestation efforts and ‘Employ to Plant’ methodology. You can learn more about their impact here.Explore C+S backpacks here