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CommuniTree, Nicaragua

CommuniTree is an award-winning programme for tropical reforestation in Nicaragua. Their projects combine farmer driven project design and innovative technology to create forests that last.

CommuniTree, Nicaragua

CommuniTree is an award-winning programme for tropical reforestation in Nicaragua. Their projects combine farmer driven project design and innovative technology to create forests that last.

CommuniTree, Nicaragua

CommuniTree is an award-winning programme for tropical reforestation in Nicaragua. Their projects combine farmer driven project design and innovative technology to create forests that last.

CommuniTree partners with small-scale farming families to re-create indigenous forest

3100 hectares
area of project

3,000,000
trees planted

550,000
tonnes CO2

2010
Operational

PROJECT BRIEF

CommuniTree is an award-winning programme for tropical reforestation in Nicaragua. Their projects combine farmer driven project design and innovative technology to create forests that last.  These are indigenous forests that provide long term benefits to climate, people and ecosystems.

CommuniTree partners with small-scale farming families in Nicaragua to reforest previously under-used land. Every project is designed by the farmers who grow the trees to ensure they get more value from reforesting their land than deforesting it.

This approach combined with CommuniTree’s unique technology means every farm reforested stays reforested. They bring together satellite imagery and on the ground reporting with predictive algorithms for unparalleled transparency and confidence in their projects’ environmental and social impacts.

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The Challenge

  • DEFORESTATION
    Rising to the challenge of deforestation, long-term reforestation can only work when the people who live on and work with the land understand and get value from the trees they plant. CommuniTree creates long term incentives and provides extensive training so farmers earn more from reforesting their land than deforesting it.
  • ECOSYSTEM REGENERATION
    CommuniTree creates thriving native forests on previously under-used land. They combine rigorous site selection with planting designs which include over 100 native tree species to grow forests which store carbon and provide a home for rich biodiversity.
  • IMPROVED FARMER INCOMES
    Smallholder farmers are particularly susceptible to changes in the climate. Late rains or flooding can damage a whole season’s crop. Earning on average less than $2 a day, farmers are particularly vulnerable to any loss of income. A poor harvest is hard to recover from. CommuniTree’s projects not only create forests which protect areas from extreme weather events but provide security for farmers through higher and more reliable incomes.

Project Action

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Project impact

3100Hectares of forest

The project is creating pockets of indigenous forest across a large area working with smallholder families on the their own land. The extent of forest creation can be clearly seen in the CommuniTree Map. In 2019, the project will be launching FarmTrace, providing un-paralleled access to the impacts specific farmers are achieving and bringing those in business who are Carbon Balanced that much closer to the people who are working with trees.

550,000Tonnes CO2 sequestered

With over half a million tonnes already achieved and sequestered, the project aims to be sequestering 200,000 tonnes per annum, almost doubling the current rate. This is a project which is well designed and managed to be rapidly scaled up.

777Families engaged

These families of small holders are the main actors in the project and main beneficiaries. Rural farmers creating small forests on their own land. Families are gaining a 25% increase in their annual income. This is very significant in a country where the average earnings are $2 a day.

1200Jobs created each year

This is a very labour intensive project that employs over a thousand people from the communities. Main action are collecting indigenous tree seeds, creating nurseries, and planting seedlings. As well as seasonal workers, CommuniTree employs 30 full time technical staff who earn over $400 per month. This is a much higher rate of pay than average professional salaries in Nicaragua.

200Tree Nurseries & Biodiversity

Tree nurseries are created throughout the project area. Trees are planted out in the planting season which runs from May to August. All the trees planted under the CommuniTree project are indigenous. Over 100 indigenous trees are planted. They include Mahogany, Spanish Cedar and 'Orimba'.

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What people say

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