Tree Update Episode 17

Dear Ecosians, welcome to this tree update number 17 to you from Borneo, Indonesia. Two years ago, we started to plant trees here. Valuable trees, like rubber but also jengkol, durian, sugar palm, all these trees that, once they’re growing, will actually create value for the farmers because they can sell the products on the market. At the same time, the tengkawang nuts that grow in the natural forest are also collected by the farmers and sold to another partner that we’re working with that are making the illipe butter out of it. So the whole point of this programme, and it’s really working, is to create value out of a standing forest and make it less tempting to sell to palm oil or maybe to slash and burn and do other agriculture there. Thank you for making this possible,
and let’s go to the next project At the complete other side of the globe, in Haiti, we have started [planting trees] – 9 months ago – together with Eden Reforestation Projects, and now the results are there! 230,000 trees have been planted in five different watersheds, protecting the watersheds from erosion and running of the water too fast. But in addition, 80,000 trees have been distributed to the families of pupils of 10 different schools. It’s not an easy place to work, Haiti. There is inflation, the fuel costs are really high, and there’s a big process of social unrest. So I’m really proud that Ecosia and Eden together – made possible by our users – have been able to have this impact on the island. Now, if you want to a yield forest from your products or whether you want to have your forest for nature or for people combined, you’re first going to need that forest. At my last tree update I talked about Mali, where Hommes et Terre now is also starting to implement their approach together with the local communities. And here you see the first pictures of half moons that have been created in Mali with the programme of Hommes et Terre. They brought in their balance. They said: we will do something if you do something and now, together, we’re restoring soils in Mali, a country torn apart by terrorists and others and I am very proud that we are now also working there. Thank you for watching. Who knows where we will have the next Tree Update, maybe from another tree, maybe from another project where we’re just planting trees. But wherever it’s going to be, it’s going to be exciting because it’s something where Ecosia users and our projects are together restoring the world.

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