Ocean Rescue

Project: Reforestation - Mozambique




Working with local communities to reforest and restore mangroves in the Maputo Bay.

Who is behind it?

The Eden Reforestation Projects

Why did we choose this project?

Reforestation at scale is vital if we are to restore our world. Eden has a high impact approach to reforestation, whereby a variety of native trees are planted in ways that aim to return a forest to its natural state. Mozambique is a biodiversity hotspot and the projects in the country are high impact - mangroves are highly effective at capturing carbon.

What do we most love about it?

Eden Reforestation Projects plants only native species trees. They never plant or introduce invasive species at any of their project sites. Native tree planting is the best method to return deforested land to its natural state, where both the trees and wildlife can flourish.

How does it work?

Eden partners with local communities to plant native trees and mangroves, and the communities protect their new forests because they have a vested interest in them. Studies conducted show an impressive survival rate of over 80%, even higher when natural generation is factored in.

Their approach is:

  • Partner with villages that are committed to restoring their forests.

  • Hire and train local people to plant new trees.

  • Plant native tree species.

What broader benefits does it bring?

Eden Reforestation Projects work with local communities to plant trees. This gives them a consistent income so they can provide for their families. As the reforestation effort goes on, healthy forests begin to emerge, and the harmful effects of deforestation begin to disappear. The impact of deforestation is dramatic because it causes severe flooding, erosion, and desertification.

How will we know it's working?

We work closely with Eden to monitor the impact of your funding. Since they started, they’ve had incredible results - planting more than 650 million trees around the world in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

By the way...

Mozambique is home to about 5,500 species of plant life and 4,271 species of wildlife, of which 72% are insects, 17% birds, 5% mammals and 4% reptiles. Of these species, several are unique to Mozambique.

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