Planting trees in Madagascar
Healthy forest systems create healthy eco-systems which support healthy human communities.
Trees provide a habitat for animals, purify water sources, control flooding and erosion,
and help to replenish the soil with nutrients needed for farming.
When harvests fail due to the overall decline in health of the surrounding ecosystems, farmers often can't feed their families and have no choice but to move to cities. There they are at risk of losing their freedom and identity and connection to the land, while the land loses a steward who can take care of it. Often agricultural corporations take over much of the empty land and farm it in ways that are unsustainable and harmful to nature.
The pressure on ecosystems and on farms is already increasing with accelerating climate change. Healing natural spaces, planting trees and protecting forests is now more important than ever.
When it comes to planting trees, it's all about doing it right. So we've chosen a partner who is among the most experienced and trusted facilitators of reforestation. Our project partner's holistic approach empowers rural communities to plant and look after the trees. This not only heals the earth, but it creates meaningful livelihoods.
The seedlings' survival rate is 80% after a year and throughout the years when natural regeneration occurs it is higher than 100% – meaning the number of trees your membership plants will be higher than originally anticipated. Especially when we start to factor in the effects of the growing health of the surrounding ecosystems. Birds will return to the reforested area, spreading seeds and naturally accelerating regeneration.
Madagascar is home to many unique animals like the lemur.
The country has lost 90% of its original forests and that has wide reaching implications, as there are 200,000 species that only live in on this island.
Half of all mammal species in Madagascar are endangered, and Lemurs are one of the most endangered animals in the world. Our project is to restore their forest habitat and empower local villagers to look after the trees that they live in, to avoid the extinction of lemurs and other species.
In the face of the climate tragedy, we feel sometimes it's important to remember how quickly nature can recover when humans do the right thing. When our project partner started to reforest mangroves in the Mahabana estuary in Madagascar, it didn't take long until the brine shrimp, algae, and microbe aquatic plants that provide food for flamingos made a comeback and with them the flocks of flamingos that have been absent for so long also returned to the estuary.
An Earthly membership funds reforestation work in the mangroves of Madagascar to heal oceans, help fish populations recover and protect villages from natural disasters, and also in the highlands of Madagascar to reforest deciduous forests. The reforesting will prevent soil erosion, heal ecosystems that lemurs rely on and improve soil fertility to secure future harvests.
All Earthly memberships balance carbon emissions, protect and heal natural spaces and improve the lives of families in Madagascar and around the world.
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