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Eden Reforestation Projects

The Eden Reforestation Projects reduce extreme poverty and restores healthy forests by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees every year. They are one of the TreeSisters planting partners, with projects in Nepal and Madagascar.

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Madagascar: Dry, Deciduous Forest

LOCATION: CAPE OPPOSITE THE CITY OF MAHAJUNGA, BOENY REGION
PLANTING PARTNER: THE EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS
IMAGE CREDIT: THE EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS

Madagascar is a nation with over 200,000 species of plants and animals that don't exist anywhere else in the world. The Eden Reforestation Projects work with a local community association to restore a vital and exclusive forest ecosystem, which is habitat for six species of endangered lemurs. The animals are currently surviving on remnant patches of forests in the region of Boeny, which is unsustainable.

The project employs impoverished villagers to grow, plant and protect dry, deciduous tree species to maturity. These trees are either endemic to Western Madagascar or native to South Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. The project is being implemented on government-owned land with the aim to turn it into gazetted land for conservation, educational and eco-tourism purposes.

Moreover, it is an opportunity to save one of the project area's inhabitants, a small population of Crowned Sifaka lemur, an endemic Sifaka to Western Madagascar classified as endangered, who lives in a pocket of remaining dry, deciduous forest.

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Madagascar: Mangroves

LOCATION: KALAMBORO ESTUARY SYSTEM, BOENY REGION
PLANTING PARTNER: THE EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS
IMAGE CREDIT: THE EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS

TreeSisters and the Eden Reforestation Projects supports the villagers to restore small degraded, but insidious patches of cleared mangrove, in the remote mangrove estuarine ecosystem called Kalamboro. This area is owned by the Government but local community associations co-manage it with the State.

Kalamboro is challenged by poverty, human population growth and regional illegal timber trade. All along Madagascar's Western coast, the mangrove estuaries are being cleared, destroying rich coastal ecosystems, in the sea, in the estuary channels and on the scenic mangrove islands, leaving the bare earth to wash away into the sea and sediments to alter the fisheries resources. This happens in addition to all the sediments coming from inland deforestation with more than 90% of Madagascar's original forests destroyed. 

The Eden Reforestation Projects is supporting Kalamboro to get out of poverty and in many cases through 'Fish Baron' slavery, by employing them to restoring the mangroves they inhabit and greatly depend upon. Though this partnership, we fund mangrove forest regeneration to help these communities rebuild their coastal ecology, providing nurseries for vital dwindling fish stocks, stabilizing soil and providing buffering for rising sea levels and storms. The social and ecological benefits and beauty of this project are truly amazing.

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Nepal: Biodiversity

LOCATION: SOUTHEAST NEPAL, JHAPA REGION
PLANTING PARTNER: THE EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS
IMAGE CREDIT: THE EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS

This reforestation project aims to regenerate the forest cover around the Jalthal forest, a protected area of great importance to the local communities. Eden Projects and the community forest user groups are planting native species on degraded, burnt and cleared lands for grazing and agriculture.

The Eden Reforestation Projects provides the local villagers involved in the "pay to employ" program meaningful employment to grow, plant and guard native trees to maturity on their lands. The term Jhapa meaning canopy, speaks to the once vibrant, dense and diverse forest that once existed in the area - and we hope will one day return. The villagers have started to see the return of elephants and snakes into their local environment and recognize the importance of their presence.


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