We remove CO2 from the global atmosphere by planting trees, and we plant a lot of them! We do this in close collaboration with local communities, and they take good care of the trees. First, a planting site – vacant land without trees – is located together with a strong local organisation. Second we plant trees in collaboration with the locals. As the trees grow they provide benefits and climate compensation.
Read more about exactly how this works on this page.
LOCATING A PLANTING SITE
A PLANTING SITE
Our trusted partners in Uganda, Cambodia, and Vietnam work with many communities, schools, churches or temples. They ask these – local project owners – to suggest suitable planting sites for our trees. We only want to collaborate with strong, trustworthy communities, so we visit and check the suggested locations and project owners.
Once we’ve identified and verified a project owner, our local partner signs a contract about providing seedlings together with a responsible person or group within this community. In this contract, it is stated that TROFACO and its partners will pay for the living seedlings (trees to be planted). So the community gets trees for free, but in return, they are responsible for replanting trees that die within the first two years of planting and for weeding around the trees during the two years. TROFACO pays the community for the weeding.
When the preliminary work is finished, we prepare the planting site in collaboration with the community. The trees are chosen by the community. They can be trees for medicine, fruits, timber, shade or whatever. All the planted trees are local types because they are best suited to the conditions. The local people know where to find the seeds for the seedlings and they are also familiar with how to make use of the trees as they grow.
Having settled on the types of trees to plant, the person or group responsible for the planting goes to collect seeds for producing seedlings.
We recommend that local nurseries produce the seedlings because this creates local employment and ensures responsibility. After the seedlings have grown for a few months, it is time for the next step: Planting.
The local farmer’s association gets involved, in this process, and our local partners ensure that as many women as possible are employed for this task as empowering women has proved to be one of the most important factors of improving communities.
If you like to se our planting sites, so far, you may go here.
We have estimates of how big the trees will become, so we know how much carbon you will get. We always work with minimum sizes, so you get at least what we promise, and everybody gets images of the trees at regular intervals. We can also measure the trees regularly and calculate exactly how much carbon there is in a group of trees, but as this requires quite a lot of extra, skilled work it is not included in our standard packages. You may add this feature if you want.