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CommuniTree partners with small-scale farming families to re-create indigenous forest
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
C-Level understands the importance of people as catalysts for change. That’s why we love working with them…Kahlil Baker