Eden Reforestation Projects
Deforestation is a global phenomenon caused by a variety of factors. These factors range from large-scale slash and burn practices, to unsustainable agriculture, to daily community forest destruction.
Regions that are most impacted by deforestation are highly poverty-stricken and underdeveloped areas. With few options to support their families, often, members of impoverished communities are forced to destroy their local environment to survive, such as cutting down trees for construction, fuel, heat, and agricultural purposes. While this solves a short-term problem, long-term consequences arise when forests are cut down and not restored. The impact of deforestation is dramatic because it causes severe flooding, erosion, and desertification. The long-term effects of deforestation lead to even worse environmental devastation.
Eden Reforestation Projects is a 501c3 non-profit. (This US Internal Revenue Code allows for federal tax exemption of non-profit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations.) Their mission is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. They hire the poorest of the poor to grow, plant, and guard to maturity native species forest on a massive scale. Their “employ to plant methodology” results in a multiplication of positive socio-economic and environment measures.
By the year 2025 their objective is to plant a minimum of 500 million trees each year and to offer hope through the employment of tens of thousands of people in countries where extreme poverty is rampant.
By keeping their overhead costs low, they are now recognized as one of the most cost-effective reforestation projects on the planet. While their primary goal is to lift people out of extreme poverty, they have also become a model for environmental restoration and land management.
I am proud to say that Tender Leaf Toys wooden toys and accessories are beautiful on the outside and sustainable on the in-side. My favourite products at the moment are the Garden Path Dominoes, the Forest Squirrel Hooks and the Wooden Home Baking Set. Wood used in Tender Leaf Toys is sourced by its Indonesian supplier, which only works with reclaimed wood. It doubles up on its commitment to help reforest Indonesia by replanting a tree for every reclaimed tree it uses. In addition, their UK distributors are a Seed Partner with international organisation Eden Reforestation Projects, through which it plants 10 trees for every order placed.
Made up of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. These islands are home to 12% of the world’s mammals, 16% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians, 17% of the world’s birds and 25% of global fish populations. Among these 17,000 islands, there are 135 threatened mammal species, including the endangered Sumatran Tiger, Orangutans, the Javan Rhinoceros and Sumatran Elephants.
An estimated 40 million rural dwelling Indonesians rely heavily on the biodiversity of their environment for subsistence needs. Traditional fishermen rely on the wetland ecosystems all around the islands, including mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass for their livelihood. In the last 3 decades, Indonesia has lost over 40% of its mangrove forests, affecting not only the environment and the species that rely on them but also the communities that depend on this ecosystem for survival.
Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local villagers on Biak Island to restore, replant, and protect these unique and vital forest systems.
You can read more about the Eden Reforestation Projects and also find out about ways of supporting them on their website. The source of this blog is also their website.
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