What we’re all about
Why plant trees?
The climate is changing, which, for example, means that the atmosphere is getting hotter and more turbulent and unpredictable weather like hurricanes, floods, and droughts will be come a normality. And it will continue to change, if we don’t do something about it now. Fortunately, trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere when they grow, and they provide many benefits to the communities in which they are planted. That is why, TROFACO is planting trees to reverse climate change while giving back to the communities who need it the most.
As the trees will be taken care of by members of the community, it is crucial that the communities have use of the trees and value them. This is done firstly by letting the communities choose where to plant – as long as it’s not on land that could be used for farming. Additionally, the communities choose which species to plant – as long as they’re not invasive species such as eucalyptus. Due to these two simple principles, the communities will have a valuable resource on land they couldn’t previously use and the trees will cater to their specific needs and provide for example fruit or herbal medicine. Finally, a third of all revenue from projects goes directly to the participating communities, providing a nice contribution towards school books, public renovation and so on.
The ecological benefits are quite simple. Trees will help soil retain water, provide shade, and prevent erosion, and are thereby in and of themselves beneficial to the local ecology. To prevent any damage to the ecosystem, we only plant trees native to the area, which keeps invasive species from doing any harm.
The climate benefits are at the heart of our work, and also one of the main reasons we primarily plant trees in the tropics. Due to the lack of any real winter hindering the growth of our trees, they become much larger, much faster than anywhere else in the world. Larger trees means more carbon captured. Therefore, to ensure climate benefits, we plant as many trees as we can, with as high a survival rate as possible. To ensure the highest survival rate, we have made a tree-planting guide for participating communities.
In our documentation section, you can read about everything we do in more detail. In this section you will find white papers, technical documents, financial reports, and much more.
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