Over 100.000 trees planted in Madagascar!

Today, Friday the 2nd of December 2022 we passed the magic limit of 100.000 trees! đźŽ‰ 🎊🥳

We are absolutely thrilled to have reached this so significant milestone which wouldn’t have been possible without our fantastic Community, Marketers and Partners. Thanks to the community of 12k+ individuals and the fantastic individuals working at the Eden Reforestation plantation on Madagascar’s farthest western point near Cape St. Andre the world is now a little bit greener.

30.000.000 kg of CO2 is a big number

Although we already have set our sights on the next objective, let’s take a step back and reflect on what 100.000 trees mean.

Each tree has the capacity to absorb about 12.3 kg of CO2 per year during their 25 year life span. This means a bit over 300 kg of CO2 per tree, which is quite a lot in itself. 100.000 trees means 1.230.000 kg of CO2 per year. 30.000.000 kg of CO2 during the trees life time. 

Big numbers can often be hard to grasp. Contrasting this with that an average citizen in the UK emit 7.2 tonnes of CO2 per year, it equates the emissions from about 170 people in the UK for 30 years, or the weight of 45 full grown humpback whales, who can be seen throughout its coastal waters of Madagascar.

Positive effects for the ecosystem, beyond reducing CO2

Besides all the CO2 absorbed by the trees during their lifetime and the positive effects it has on fighting climate change, it gives a well needed refuge for animals and helps wildlife thrive in a part of the world heavily affected by deforestation. Moreover, it helps the people living there. 

Before this project began, the mangrove forests found in this area were severely impacted by deforestation and forest degradation from charcoal production and wood collection for cooking, construction, and other purposes.

Work opportunities for the local community

Planting 100.000 trees is quite a daunting task in itself. It means about 1000 work days for the team in Madagascar. This particular part of Madagascar is situated in an area with few opportunities for employment, and the positive socio-economic effects of access to reliable employment are significant. Parents who were once unable to put food on the table and pay for their children’s schooling are now able to provide good meals for their family members and send their kids to school. Microenterprises also pop up as a side effect, further improving the region’s economy. The list of positive side effects can be made long.

Every tree that get planted through the app means a positive change. For people’s lives. For meaningful and stable employment. For the local communities, that are brought back to life and thrive again. For the ecosystem. For the planet.

What's next

This is what the Tribaldata community has done to date. Imagine what can be done during 2023. Imagine what can be done if the community doubles in size, or triples! 

There is so much left to be done! Let’s continue planting. Let’s go for the next 100.000 trees and beyond. Let’s keep in mind the ripple effect that restoration gives, positively changing everything that surrounds it. 

Thank you so much for staying with us this far, we hope you are looking forward to reaching 200.000 trees as much as we do!

We all have a carbon footprint

We all have a carbon footprint, there is no escaping it. Our carbon footprint is a measurement of how much we contribute to the greenhouse effect and ultimately the ongoing global warming. 

The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to avoid making emissions. However – eventually once you have changed all the habits you can to get closer to zero. What do you do next?

Planting trees as a part of the solution

There are a number of ways to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. When we decided what to offer to the Tribaldata community we opted for offering the simplest and most proven method there is – planting trees.

To plant trees, we chose to work with Eden Reforestation. Their expertise, scale and track record in running hundreds of successful reforestation projects around the world is quite impressive.

How Eden Reforestation plant trees

In close partnership with the local communities, Eden are today running hundreds of  reforestation projects around the world. There, in extremely remote settings, they work  through a range of challenges, from extreme weather and landslides, to poachers, bandits, and wild animals.

They work alongside the communities  to produce, plant, and protect trees, and in the process creating jobs to support them in restoring their local environment and economy long-term.

Why Madagascar

Because of its many endemic species and severe habitat loss rates, Madagascar is one of the world’s top priorities when it comes to biodiversity. The destruction of the mangroves along the coast has caused a lot of issues. Mudflats wash into the ocean, destroying once-productive fisheries and the vulnerability of coastal communities to hurricanes, tsunamis, and floods increases.

The plantation in Madagascar

Eden reforestation projects began restoring the mangroves in Mahajanga in 2007. There they work with clearing of dead trees, collecting native species, and planting trees during low tide. Less than a decade since the start, the site developed into a thriving mangrove forest, with a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Since this first plantation, various others have been started and Edens activities have grown to also include a variety of upland dry deciduous forests in 2012.

Today, Eden run close to 100 project sites with everything that entails such as extensive infrastructure with guardhouses, fire towers, and seed banks. They also developed a training center for local nursery managers to teach seedling management and effective reforestation techniques.

Planting trees fight climate change and alleviate poverty

Edens work is creating livelihoods for thousands of people currently living in extreme poverty by empowering them to restore and protect forests on a massive scale. This helps reverse climate change, global deforestation, habitat loss for endangered species, and extreme poverty. There are many reasons why Eden Reforestation Projects is a great partner to work with. The positive effects of planting trees go well beyond the pure reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Plant trees for free with the Tribaldata app

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote – “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Technology is about harnessing complex chains of events and making them simple and accessible to people.

So the next time you press the button in the app to plant a tree, although on your part it can seem almost effortless, you are making a very real positive difference. You tapping the button give a positive ripple effect that is felt through people’s lives in Madagascar. For meaningful and stable employment. For the local communities, that are brought back to life and thrive again. For the ecosystem. For the planet.

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