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In 2016 Ethiopia suffered one of the most severe droughts in over 30 years. Without water, neither people nor plants nor animals are able to survive. Your searches are supporting our partner, Green Ethiopia. With your help they are reforesting mountain slopes, including fruit trees which will benefit the population in their search for secure food sources.
When your searches restore a mountain slope, they also restore the livelihood of local farming communities, whether they live on the mountain or in the valley below. That is why we teamed up with Progresso, an NGO that works with municipalities around the mountainous region of Piura in northern Peru.
In Burkina Faso, your searches fight the expansion of the Sahara desert, which is advancing into populated areas at an alarming pace. Your searches support our partner OZG in digging water basins into the dry soil, which villagers then fill with seeds that germinate during the rainy season. Trees restart water cycles and bring back plant and animal life, which in turn leads to to better health conditions for locals, more children in school, and women earning their own living.
Your searches provide urgent help to Madagascar: 90% of its forests have been lost, destroying the home of unique animal species such as the island’s famous lemurs. One part of this project consists in planting deciduous trees, restoring corridors to re-build these habitats. A second part plants Mangrove trees, which are efficient CO2 absorbers. The project is led by our partners the Eden Reforestation Projects who hire villagers to plant the trees.
The tree-planting project your searches are supporting in Morocco is as unique and multifaceted as the country itself. Unlike the other reforestation organizations we support, The High Atlas Foundation does not aim at reforestation itself. Instead, it combines social, educational, and agricultural goals. Planting fruit just happens to be the best way to attain them.
In Indonesia, your searches are reforesting Mount Saran in Borneo, one of the last remaining habitats of the Orangutan. The Gunung Saran Lester Foundation, which was founded by a collective of local villages, is replicating the success of a project by famous conservationist Willie Smits. This way you are helping improve farmers' livelihoods by planting 10 productive tree species, including the forest-dependent sugar palm, in order to create economic alternatives to palm oil.
In Peru, your searches are helping us reforest the San Martin region which was heavily deforested in the 1980s when it became a red zone of cocaine production. A mixture of luck and policies changed the cocaine routes away from here, giving this region a very much needed break. Our partners on the ground, PUR Projet, train smallholder farmers in forest management and sustainable harvesting, making your searches have an even wider impact.
By using Ecosia you are helping our Tanzanian partner, The Friends of Usambara Society, protect vulnerable ecosystems through agroforestry, ecotourism, and rainforest conservation. Our partner works with primary schools and local communities to manage tree nurseries and to determine planting sites, making this a truly grassroots project.
When Ecosia was composed of only a founder, an all-round communications juggler, and a part-time developer, we started planting trees in Brazil. Our tree-planting partner on the ground, The Nature Conservancy, works closely with local farmers. The trees you helped us plant here are contributing to the reforestation of degraded riparian areas in watersheds that supply water to the city of Sao Paulo and surrounding communities.
Your searches are reforesting degraded landscapes in Spain, one of Europe's most biodiverse countries. Although this is one of our smallest projects, it is noteworthy for being Ecosia's first project in a developed country. Through their community approach, Alvelal exemplifies how local farmers, entrepreneurs, and global citizens like you can take the lead in reforesting degraded soils and forests.
The destruction of the Brazilian rainforest symbolizes the tragedy of deforestation. Your searches support our partner organisation, CEPAN, to grow different tree species in nurseries. These are then distributed to hundreds of farmer cooperatives to be planted on their lands. These cooperatives came together to create PACTO - a pact, literally - in order to accelerate the restoration of the Atlantic Rainforest.
In the Pacific Lowlands of Nicaragua, you are supporting reforestation efforts in the largest volcanic lined mountain range. The trees you are contributing to are restoring the heavily deforested area around León. With funds from Ecosia, our partner Fundación Día is using a landscape approach to stop soil erosion, restore water sources, and empower farmers with a more sustainable subsistence model.
That is why we publish our monthly financial reports and tree planting receipts. This way you can hold us accountable as we follow our journey to a reforested world.
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