- Located in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a landlocked nation with the second largest population in Africa.
- It is estimated that up to 85% of the workforce in Ethiopia engages in subsistence agriculture to survive.
- The increasing population and dependence on natural resources have caused devastating long-term impacts on both the environment and the people's ability to survive.
- Eden will be relaunching the work in Ethiopia to support local communities in the Dawuro Zone through our Employ to Plant methodology.
- Nurseries, seed balls, and bare-root planting methods will be used to restore terrestrial forests in the Dawuro Zone.
- Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth-largest in the world.
- Brazil is comprised of many unique ecosystems and regions such as the Amazon rainforest, the Atlantic forest, the Cerrado, and the Araucaria pine forest.
- With a variety of natural habitats and ecosystems, it is estimated that Brazil hosts between 15-20% of the world's biological diversity.
- In Anápolis, a Hands in the Dirt Training Center will be developed to train Eden's local leaders and establish a nursery for native forest tree species and agroforestry varieties.
- Along the coastal region, mangrove reforestation and restoration projects will provide stability against erosion while improving ocean and coral reef health. Eden also plans to start in the Cerrado and the Mata Atlântica which are the two regions most threatened by vegetation loss and deforestation.
Why the Philippines?
- Made up of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is one of the Earth's seventeen major biodiversity hotspots.
- Over 50% of the population in the Philippines, including millions of indigenous people, depend on their local forests to survive.
- With increasing pressure on the natural environment from resource extraction, the forest and coral reef systems in and around the country are disappearing rapidly.
- Starting on the island of Mindanao, Eden's goal is to partner with Filipino people to break the unsustainable cycle of environmental degradation through reforestation.
- Eden will work with the local and indigenous communities to provide long-term economic opportunities through mangrove and terrestrial reforestation.
* Please note matched funds and trees are not credited to your account, and corporate partner donations do not count towards the match. Any funds raised in excess of the amount needed to launch Ethiopia, Brazil, and the Philippines projects will be applied to Eden’s general fund.