- Where do you purchase the seed/saplings from?
- What are your planting methods?
- What kind of trees do you plant?
- Are the trees planted on publicly or privately-owned land?
- Who owns the trees?
- For how long is the land protected and under what agreement?
- How do you ensure the protection of your trees? How do you know your trees will not be cut down again?
- How do you track the number of trees you have planted and determine survival rate?
- I'm really passionate about this and I want to do more. What can I do?
- How can I volunteer for a project?
- Can I visit the sites? What if I am in the area?
- How do the partnership levels work?
- Can you start a project in my country?
- How can I start a project/organization in my country?
- How much does it cost to plant a tree?
- How can it cost 10 cents to plant a tree when other organizations charge more?
- Can I plant trees in memory of someone or send them as a gift?
- How much of my donation goes to the program/people/project?
- Is my donation tax-deductible?
- How do I update my monthly donation amount or credit card information?
Where do you purchase the seed/saplings from?
Most of our seeds are collected by locals from nearby remnant forests. If required to supplement the collected seeds, seeds are purchased from local, trusted seed banks. We never purchase seedlings; we grow our own in our nurseries to ensure quality and germination rates.
What are your planting methods?
The various planting methods we use include: singling or farmer managed natural regeneration, seed balls, seedling nursery, bare root transfers, and mangrove propagule planting. Each nation uses one or more of these methods depending on the species of trees that are native to that given region. Click here to learn more about the various planting methods we use.
What kind of trees do you plant?
Eden Reforestation Projects plants only native species trees; these vary from nation to nation. We never plant or introduce any invasive species at any of our project sites. We also plant a percentage of agroforestry species for sustainable community use. This prevents the community from going into newly restored forests and provides greater community benefit and involvement in the project. Click here to see the kind of trees we plant across our project nations.
Are the trees planted on publicly or privately-owned land?
Land rights and authority vary from nation to nation and from planting site to planting site. However, the overwhelming majority of Eden Reforestation Projects’ (Eden) forest restoration projects occur on government-owned land that is under the direct authority of the local community. In contrast, Eden works on smaller scale agroforestry projects (like many of our projects in Haiti). Agroforestry efforts typically occur at sites owned by small scale farmers. The one consistent determining factor within each nation is that Eden has established legal Government Associations and/or Non-Government Organizations, which provide us with authority to operate effectively and in coordination with all the essential Regional and Local governance agencies on crucial determinants.
Who owns the trees?
The vast majority of the trees at Eden Reforestation Project sites are owned by the local communities who actively participated in the restoration of their regional forest during their employment period with Eden. The common (but much smaller exception) is when agroforestry trees are planted at small plot farmer sites where the land is owned by the local farmer. In such cases, the small plot farmer owns the trees along with the proceeds from the trees.
For how long is the land protected and under what agreement?
Thanks to our in-country staff’s hard work, Eden Reforestation Projects has developed deep and respectful relationships within all levels of community and government departments. In every case, Eden Reforestation Projects makes concerted efforts to form and secure written agreements with a clause leading to a perpetual forest. Further, to ensure protection in perpetuity, our funding strategy includes salaries for guards during the extended time period required to hire locals who restore the region’s forest. Finally, Eden has also established a guard endowment with the strategic objective of funding site guards after the regional forest is fully restored.
How do you ensure the protection of your trees? How do you know your trees will not be cut down again?
We make every effort to ensure the forest we plant becomes permanent and sustainable. Towards this end we have implemented the following steps:
- We work carefully with all levels of government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity.
- We do not plant in logging areas. There is never a 100% guarantee that some form of illegal harvest will not occur. However, we do everything within legal limits to ensure the restoration sites are guaranteed to stand in perpetuity.
- We hire locals to plant the trees. In this way, we alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The community members now have an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care.
- We plant agroforestry species (fruit, fodder, and construction species designed to provide food security and benefit legitimate human needs). Over time these trees become a source of sustainable income.
- We do all possible to supply the locals with alternative fuel sources (fuel-efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves), which reduces and/or eliminates their dependence on charcoal.
- We hire forest guards as part of the labor force. We have recently created a Forest Guard Endowment Fund whereby one cent of the price of each tree is put into a fund for long-term guarding and protection of our sites.
- Most significantly, we have seen the locals fall in love with their forest. They also recognize and benefit from the restored forest through an increase in fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water, and the formation of microenterprises.
How do you track the number of trees you have planted and determine survival rate?
The Eden team leaders have developed reliable systems for counting and sorting the number of seedlings produced in the nurseries and/or the number of mangrove propagules collected. After the seedlings and propagules are collected and sorted, they are planted within designated sites.
A percentage of seedling and propagule mortality is inevitable. What we have discovered is mortality becomes irrelevant as natural regeneration begins to occur and begins to multiply impact. At our mangrove sites, natural regeneration typically exceeds 150% of the original number planted. The same is true of the dry deciduous sites in Madagascar, and we already see the same multiplication effect in Nepal.
I'm really passionate about this and I want to do more. What can I do?
How can I volunteer for a project?
We are incredibly grateful for those who desire to volunteer with us. However, we do not have opportunities for individuals to volunteer at our planting sites. It is our mission to plant trees as well as alleviate extreme poverty. Therefore, it is essential that the planting work is given to those living in extreme poverty within our project nations. Their jobs with us are often their only reliable source of income, so we do not have volunteers do any planting work to provide employment to as many people as possible.
Can I visit the sites? What if I am in the area?
We value each of our donors and appreciate your support. We do not offer the opportunity to visit the sites. We have a responsibility to operate in the best interests of our international employees. We do our best to protect and honor our mission and our employee’s goals and culture.
How do the partnership levels work?
Can you start a project in my country?
Eden Reforestation Projects is committed to dramatically scaling our tree planting operations in the years and decades to come. As such we are cautiously open to the consideration of cold-contact requests to open new project nations and/or new project sites within our existing project nations. However, Eden Reforestation Projects has established an arduous examination process which typically requires a year or more of careful vetting. The critical examination process includes an evaluation of leadership capacity, scalability of planting operations, and the viability of financial and communication systems essential for success. Further, Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit organization, which means we are dependent upon donations to fund our work. Therefore, we were not able to start a project unless it meets all the criteria established in the examination process. With all of the above in mind, if you would like your country or site to be considered, please email us at [email protected].
How can I start a project/organization in my country?
We do not have external resources available for those wishing to start/manage reforestation work. Our founder, Stephen Fitch, developed our methodology for reforestation as a way to help impoverished nations while he was in Ethiopia in 2004. You can read all about the beginning of our projects on our history page.
How much does it cost to plant a tree?
The general tree planting price is $0.10 per tree provided that your donation is not designated to a specific project nation. Should you choose to designate your donation to a particular country, the price varies according to each nation’s planting and labor costs. Please see below the tree cost per nation:
- Haiti: $0.15 per tree
- Honduras: $0.10 per tree
- Indonesia: $0.15 per tree
- Kenya: $0.10 per tree
- Madagascar: $0.10 per tree
- Mozambique: $0.10 per tree
- Nepal: $0.20 per tree
- Nicaragua: $0.10 per tree
This cost covers all expenses, including nursery costs, transportation of seedlings to the reforestation sites, planting, guarding, and weeding to allow a head start on vegetation.
How can it cost 10 cents to plant a tree when other organizations charge more?
- Our cost per tree is inexpensive because most of the resources we need to plant a tree are extremely affordable.
- Along with employing individuals to plant trees, we also utilize our employees’ efforts in the collection of seeds and propagules in remnant forests, which greatly reduces our costs. A large majority of the trees we plant are mangrove species, and at 3-5 years of age, this species begins to produce and drop its own propagules, which can be used to give rise to a new tree. In the beginning, we collected resources from the existing forests, but at this time, we are producing an abundance of resources from our own forests. When the need arises, we purchase seeds in bulk and at a low cost from local sources.
- Our international leaders are well versed in the biology of forest restoration and have experimented with many planting methods that produce a high yield at a lower cost.
Can I plant trees in memory of someone or send them as a gift?
How much of my donation goes to the program/people/project?
Roughly 80% of the donation goes to the program directly with the remaining percentage going to administrative and fundraising costs. For example, it costs 10 cents to plant a tree from the beginning to the end. A portion of the 10 cents covers all of the nursery expenses and transportation costs associated with moving seedlings up to the reforestation site as well as planting the trees, guarding them, and weeding them later in the season to give them a head start on all the vegetation that would be competing for resources. The remaining portion is used for all administration fees and fundraising costs.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Eden Reforestation Projects is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization – Tax ID 95-4804581. Therefore, donations made to us can be deducted, if it is accepted by the nation you are donating from. We will provide a tax receipt for any donations made.