In 2021, EF launched Hello Zero, our vision and commitment to voluntarily offset our global carbon emissions. Hello Zero’s first step is the EF Forest Initiative, a project to create and conserve forests around the world. And in our recently released, first-ever EF Impact Report, we shared an update on that program’s progress. Here’s an excerpt from the report.
In the EF Forest Initiative’s first year, we planted trees with Eden Reforestation Projects, a nonprofit organization that engages local communities in planting, maintaining, and guarding previously deforested areas. Eden planted three million trees on our behalf in 2021 in Kenya, Madagascar, and Mozambique—and the effort will grow over time as we add more partners and locations.
We selected Eden Reforestation Projects as our first EF Forest partner because of its mission to restore healthy forests while creating economic opportunities in rural communities worldwide. Eden provides fair-wage employment to local community members, hiring and training them to plant trees, build the infrastructure that supports them, and guard against illegal logging, poaching, and other threats.
EF Forests will create long-term environmental impact by prioritizing native species trees that can withstand ecological stressors, perform an array of ecosystem services (such as sediment regulation and storm protection), and sequester carbon at high rates.
Mangrove trees planted to meet our goal of 3 million mangrove trees
Local community members employed
Acres being reforested in total. That equates to over 1,418 American football fields
Eden Reforestation Projects Update, February 2022
Kenya: The Kipini site is comprised of 618 acres of deforested mangroves along the Tana River Delta in eastern Kenya.
Madagascar: The Bemangroaka 2 site is comprised of 331 acres of massively deforested mangroves near the Betsiboka River in northwestern Madagascar.
Mozambique: The Xefina site is comprised of 927 acres of degraded mangrove ecosystems on Mozambique’s southeastern coast.
*Images provided by Eden Reforestation Projects
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