Every time you choose The Good Gift store, you have the option to plant a tree with your order.
The trees are planted in Zambia, as part of the tree planting project of our partner Reegreener.
Nice, but how does the project work?
Zambia’s Copperbelt is a deforestation hotspot. Land degradation and soil erosion have become widespread and result primarily from the increasing population and the pressure it places on land through poor agricultural practices and other social-economic activities such as charcoal production.
Regreener works in close contact with WeForest, a science-based non-profit that works on sustainable forest management.
Since 2011, WeForest has engaged hundreds of farmers in the Luanshya province regenerating over 2.000ha through assisted natural regeneration. This programme is now scaling up into 2 new districts in the Copperbelt.
Project at a glance:
Planting period: all year round
Main restoration approach: Assisted Natural Regeneration
Actively engaging smallholder farmers in reversing deforestation
The project empowers farmers to restore miombo woodlots on their farmlands. Farmers with a minimum of one lima (0,25 hectares) of woodlot are recruited and trained in Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR), which involves protecting and nurturing wild tree seedlings. This process is carried out all year round and serves to promote the natural succession of the forest.
In the Luanshya district, our partner works with hundreds of small-scale farmers, providing them with training and tools in return for setting aside part of their lands to regenerate the miombo woodland. As a result, they receive higher incomes, diversify their economic activities and learn new skills. The project also links them to local companies to ensure their honey gets sold. This way, the project becomes more sustainable, which makes the beneficiaries less dependent on WeForest's contribution. Fruit trees take a while to produce food or income, so farmers need short-term alternatives to replace the cash they used to get from charcoal, for example. Beehives help a lot, as they can double a household's annual income in some cases. Farmers are also trained in harvesting biomass from their woodlots through coppicing, a technique that involves extracting wood from tree stems while leaving the total number of trees intact, making it a sustainable alternative to charcoal production. Besides the project manager, WeForest currently employs 2 women in the nursery, 2 trainers (1 female), a driver and 9 beehive mentors.
This project is not (yet) verified by a third-party carbon standard, but WeForest is one of the worlds’ most-renowned forest restoration organisations in the world. In June 2021, a successful third party audit took place and means the project is now verified to the Forest Ecosystem Restoration standard. This standard was developed by Preferred by Nature to enable projects to demonstrate alignment with and support for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and covers technical, environmental, social and economic criteria. You can see the certificate here.