We started reforesting the former completely deforested forest.
On October 3, the Mexican Minister of Forest visited us. He was enthusiastic about our successes.
When we plant the millionth tree, we made a promise: "We look after every tree we plant, and every year we plant one million trees more than the year before."
Thanks to the care and the good climate, the trees quickly grow taller than our workers!
A strong team: We already have more than 100 workers on the planting area. In order to be able to plant one million more trees every year, we are getting 36 more workers every year!
We have already planted more than 5 million trees.
Currently, we plant on 22,500 hectares of foundation-owned land.
The Crowtherlab at ETH Zürich accompanies the reforestation project scientifically and investigates how much CO2 every tree captures.
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Our progress in planting trees is confirmed by the CONAFOR, Comisión Nacional Forestal (A sub-authority of Mexicos environmental ministry) – Campeche: see certificate from Nov 21, 2018 and from Feb 6, 2020.
Trees grow four times faster on the Yucatán-Peninsula than in Central Europe. Each tree captures 200 kg of CO2 during its lifetime.
Native Species for Healthy Forests
We select the best seeds by hand. We plant eight different native Mahagoni-tree species on the deforested land.
Until 2029 there will be 100 Million trees grown, planted and cared for. If 10,000 projects copy us, the trillion trees will capture a quarter of man-made CO2.
Care Makes the Difference
We need to uncover the seedlings manually up to 20 times with love and care. The trees are our children - several million children.
Organize Work Intelligently
Between the rows of trees, the tractor can be used for mowing. This saves time and thus donations! Some of the workers are mechanics who can service and repair the tractors.
A wide variety of animals romp around the planting area, whether birds, monkeys, butterflies or frogs.
Three years after planting the first seedlings on completely degraded land, our small forests blossom for the first time.
One Billion Bees
With one bee colony per hectare forest, one billion bees will soon produce 1.000 tons of forest honey every year and pollinate our trees.
Strengthening the Farmers’ Income Basis
The farmers appreciate our offer to use our forests for
bee-keeping. These ten bee-hives mean €800 additional annual income for David R.
We want our work to be transparent in order to convince as many other groups as possible to start similar projects. With only 10,000 similar projects we can reach the goal of one trillion new trees.
The Foundation wants to show that reforestation is easy, and that planting as well as caring for one tree does not cost more than €1.
One Trillion Trees
• barely costs more than 15 times the price Bayer paid for Monsanto
• would capture more than a quarter of the human-made CO2
• create hundreds of millions of new jobs and therefore create wealth in countries of the Global South
• fight causes of migration and reduce population growth.
The forest engineers in Yucatán prepare daily planting reports that record how many trees of which species were planted on a given day. The growth of the trees is also recorded. There are additional reports on expenses, staffing levels, etc.
Once a year we prepare a general planting report, which is publicly available and contains the most important key figures. Among other things, it states which species have been planted, where and how many.
Conafor, the Comisión Nacional Forestal, a sub-authority of the Ministry of Environment in Mexico, officially confirms our reforestation on Yucatán.
Confirmation by CONAFOR:
Reforestation of 2.2 million trees, certified on Feb 6, 2020
Reforestation of 3 million trees, certified on Nov, 21 2018