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As a Climaider member, you help start climate projects in developing countries. Your support goes to the places in the world with the greatest climate impact. Projects are continuously monitored by independent third parties and as projects develop, you can track the impact of your support via the app.
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About Eden Reforestation Projects
Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit that has planted more than 300 million trees since 2004. They have achieved "Platinium Status" with GuideStar - a US organisation that rates and ranks non-profits - are an official UN partner project and operate according to their "employ to plant" methodology.
Eden Reforestation Projects started from the recognition that deforestation and extreme poverty go hand in hand - and therefore that lifting people out of extreme poverty by replanting the world's forests also goes hand in hand. "Employ to plant" works by Eden going into areas of extreme poverty and high unemployment and offering fair paid work to replant trees. This brings a host of socio-economic benefits to local people while restoring forests.
When forests are cut down, it leaves the soil vulnerable. After a short time, the land is often so depleted that it is worthless, forcing local people deeper into the forests. The extreme poverty forces the local population to exploit the forest's resources. By giving them an alternative source of income through tree planting, it lifts the population out of the poverty that forced them to clear the forests in the first place. They are also provided with alternative stoves to cook without having to cut down the forest for firewood, and with clean water that ensures they do not need large amounts of firewood to boil and purify the water. The projects are also establishing a number of other facilities such as schools, a maternity clinic and more.
Many of the world's largest tree planting initiatives, such as Ecosia, use Eden as their tree planting partner, and according to the World Bank, Eden's forest projects in Madagascar (where Climaider's forest also stands) are larger than all other forest projects on the island combined.
The trees we plant are called mangroves. These are different species of trees that grow in salt water. They are particularly important because this type of tree absorbs extra CO2 while preventing shoreline erosion and providing habitat for a wide range of animals and fish. Even if we don't count trees as climate compensation, we still think it's important to plant the trees that absorb the most CO2.
Why trees and compensation at the same time?
Forests are hugely important to the world. They suck CO2 directly out of the air, and it's with good reason that forests are called the lungs of the world. In addition, forests are home to a huge proportion of the world's wildlife and are invaluable from an environmental perspective. They prevent soil erosion, hold onto soil nutrients, maintain groundwater levels and many more important functions.
In fact, almost everyone agrees that forests have a key role to play if we are to solve the climate crisis in any way. Ever since we started Climaider, we have been repeatedly advised to support forests. This is also why we have funded two other tree projects in the past: TIST and Kariba. While everyone agrees on the importance of forests, there is one problem: trees are not very suitable as carbon offsets. It is possible, but it is difficult, as they are living. For example, if you burn off a tonne of methane gas, it's burnt. It's gone and can never come back - that's your guarantee. If you plant a tree, on the other hand, many different things can cause the tree to die and the CO2 to be released back into the atmosphere - and then there has been no real CO2 saving.
In the past, we have supported forest projects of the highest quality. Regular monitoring and many, many precautions ensured that forests were left standing and that in the event of something happening to a tree, we were guaranteed that another would be replanted in its place. We did this because the most important thing for us at Climaider is that you can count on our projects to avoid or remove the CO2 we promise.
An enormous amount of resources are needed to control and monitor forests, and even then no one can guarantee that they will not be hit by a natural disaster or similar. That is why so much of the money spent on planting forests quickly ends up being spent on monitoring and verification and not so much on actually planting forests. Of course, we and our partners still do everything we can to make sure the trees survive and thrive, but because they don't have to be verified for climate credits, we can instead spend a much larger proportion of the money on actually planting trees. This means we are now planting far more trees than we did before.
About 80% of the original trees we plant survive. However, when you take into account that the trees themselves disperse their seeds and replant themselves, each tree often ends up becoming more than one, eventually.
We are really happy and proud of the solution we have found with Eden Reforestation Projects. We will share pictures and updates from the project on a regular basis and we thank all members for their support.
"It is the trees that will save us" wrote Jørgen Steen Nielsen in Information on 16 October 2018, and we agree with him.
In partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, we will plant around 2.5 million new trees in Madagascar over the next few years in the member funded forest.
It's important to note that we don't plant the trees to offset your climate footprint, but simply because it's important.
The trees we plant through Eden are therefore in addition to the support given to other climate projects.
At the bottom of this page we explain why we do this.
8 out of 10 families in Sub-Saharan Africa cook over open fires or other basic "stoves". This has huge consequences for their health and for the climate. And while this is already too many, the trend is actually going in the wrong direction. The average family uses several tonnes of wood each year for cooking, leading to massive deforestation and contributing to Africa being the continent that is losing forest cover the fastest.
In addition to deforestation, cooking over open fires also results in the release of large amounts of black carbon. It is the second biggest cause of global warming (after CO2), and cooking over open fires emits more black carbon than all the world's cars and trucks combined.
The smoke from cooking also has a devastating impact on the people who spend hours every day cooking over the fires. This year alone, more than 1 million people will die from indoor air pollution - and a very large proportion of them are children under 5.
Indoor air pollution causes a wide range of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, as well as cancer. Unfortunately, it also causes "severely reduced intelligence" and low birth weight. Together, this results in a vicious cycle that keeps the world's poorest trapped in poverty and disease.
Women are hit particularly hard. They are often the ones who cook the food and spend hours each day gathering firewood, risking robbery or sexual assault along the way.
No one chooses to expose themselves to smoke poisoning, and it is of course only the lack of better alternatives that causes people to cut down their own local forests for firewood.
That's why we at Climaider have decided to produce and distribute climate-friendly and efficient cookstoves in East Africa, where the problem is particularly acute. It is home to a wealth of biodiversity and vast forest areas, but unfortunately these areas are also being cleared at an alarming rate due to illegal logging for timber and firewood.
With a relatively simple technology, we can distribute stoves that burn much cleaner than current fires and either switch to cooking with e.g. electricity, biogas or greatly reduced consumption of charcoal and firewood.
At the same time, many modern stoves of this kind burn as cleanly as, say, a Danish gas stove, thus preventing the terrible effects of prolonged exposure to heavy smoke.
The project is just getting started and your support is therefore crucial to its success
The reason we have chosen to start our own project is that we can cut out costly intermediaries. Climate credits have risen enormously in price over the past few years as better and better evidence of their impact has emerged. However, this also means that you members got less climate impact for your money, which we think is a shame.
That's why we're partnering directly with a local NGO, and will also be present "on-the-ground" to run the project and make sure everything runs smoothly. Furthermore, this means that we can now design the project exactly as we would like it, rather than simply screening other pre-existing projects to find the one that we felt best met our requirements and criteria.
It takes time and is complicated to start up such a project. We are working as hard as we can to realise the project as quickly as possible and provide regular updates on our progress. We have done a lot of screening work to find the most suitable areas and held countless meetings with NGOs, producers, climate certification bodies, authorities, experts and more to put together the best possible project. We are now in the final stages of locking in our final partners and one project area.
We are incredibly grateful for the patience and support we receive and look forward to continually showing what we can achieve!
Images attributed to
DFID - UK, CC BY 2.0.
United States Mission Geneva, CC BY-ND 2.0.
mckaysavage, CC BY 2.0.
Underground tank capturing gas from pig faeces. The gas is burnt and used to cook and provide heat, replacing the use of coal and firewood.
The Everbright methane gas plant in China captures greenhouse gases from a landfill site and converts the gases into renewable energy for the local community.
The Kariba Project protects 800,000 hectares of forest along the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe.
Navigating the carbon credit market can be a bit of a jungle due to expensive retailers and non-certified projects.
At Climaider, we only choose projects that are verified by the most stringent industry standards: the Gold Standard and the Verified Carbon Standard.
We will therefore naturally also have our own climate project verified and certified by an independent verification body to the strictest standards.
This also means that the process will be more transparent for you.
"You can donate whatever you want each month, and just have your CO2 emissions estimated and pay to account for what you emit.
It's very transparent, and super interesting to find out which items in your carbon footprint you might be able to tweak to be even better for the environment. Huge recommendation from here!"