Every year, about 10.4 million hectares of tropical forests still disappear. The most species-rich ecosystem on earth is thus destroyed. Our partner Eden Reforestation Project is working to counteract this development. The successful reforestation network ensures that more trees are planted again and "the green lungs" of the earth are saved.
The origin of the idea
Eden Reforstation Project was founded in 2004 by Dr Stephen Fitch. As a child of development workers, he grew up in the Philippines and experienced first-hand how the downward spiral of poverty can destroy entire lives. During a stay in Ethiopia, he was able to observe how villages were virtually swept clean due to radical deforestation. Many of the villagers who had lived there for generations were about to be resettled in a refugee camp.
How the reforestation project works
Dr. Stephen Fitch's mission since the inception of the Eden Reforestation Project has been to revitalize the environment destroyed by deforestation in order to create a liveable environment for the local population and lift them out of poverty.
Dr. Fitch's focus is not only on the restoration of the rainforests, but above all on helping the local population and economy. For this reason, locals are hired to plant the fallow land and subsequently care for the forests, who receive a fair and long-term income for their work.
Eden Projects is funded by donations from companies or individuals who care about the sustainable development of the planet.
The idea works
As a non-profit organisation in the USA and international non-governmental organisation (I-NGO) in the project nations, Eden Reforestation Projects now operates as one of the most successful reforestation networks in the world. In 2007 Eden acquired fallow land in Madagascar for further reforestation and in 2010 a reforestation project was also launched in Haiti. In 2015, the project in Ethiopia was completed with almost 16 million trees planted and a new project was started in Nepal. Since its foundation, Eden has created a total of 3,500 full and part-time jobs with all projects and has planted almost 200 million trees to date.
As a recent project, Eden has provided five additional hectares of land just for retreat and rehabilitation center for endangered species such as lemurs, crocodiles, turtles and chameleons in Madagascar.
Long-term objectives of the project
From 2020 Eden wants to plant at least 100 million trees every year. This is equivalent to about 1400 football pitches or the total area of Cyprus each year. Tens of thousands of well-paid jobs are planned for the reforestation of this area, giving hope and a perspective to even more natives in countries with high poverty risk.
With the primary goal of reducing extreme poverty among the population in southern countries through reforestation, the organization has now grown to become one of the greatest role models for the elimination of environmental damage and positive land management. In the future, this position is to be maintained and expanded even further.
Eden Reforestation Projects is therefore a comprehensive project that not only helps nature but also the people in the regions in a sustainable way. With every product you buy from us, we plant a tree together with Eden Projects and the local community. Thank you for participating!