Trees Planted To Offset Carbon, Generate Income
In addition to market-driven agricultural efforts, the Clinton-Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI) works with the government of Rwanda and other NGOs to reverse deforestation through a large-scale carbon-offset program. CHDI has worked with the Rwandan government to help communities plant 2.5 million fruit and forest tree seedlings in 40 new nurseries. These seedlings will help reforestation by improving erosion control, fruit production, and nitrogen fixing.
CDI established the Trees of Hope Project in the Dowa and Neno districts of Malawi to reverse deforestation, mitigate the harmful effects of climate change, and bolster a self-sustaining marketplace by making tree farming profitable and attractive for smallholder farmers. The Trees of Hope project coordinates community-led efforts in climate change mitigation and has assisted in establishing over 400 profitable and ecologically viable community nurseries. In the current season, community nurseries in the region grew 630,000 seedlings.
Since the inception of the program, more than 2.6 million trees have been planted by more than 2,500 smallholder farmers. This has resulted in a carbon offset of over 200,000 tons of C02.
Farmers earn credits for the amount of carbon they offset, which are sold for additional revenue.
Sacred Seedlings is a global initiative to support forest conservation, reforestation, urban forestry, carbon capture, sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation. Sustainable land management and land use are critical to the survival of entire ecosystems.
Sacred Seedlings is a U.S.-based program that supports the vision of local stakeholders. We have projects ready across Africa. We seek additional projects elsewhere around the world. We also seek volunteers, sponsors and donors of cash and in-kind support. Write to Gary Chandler for more information email@example.com