Tree Planting Partner

Tree Planting in Haiti

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20950

Trees

planted

20950

Tons of CO2

absorbed per Year​

0

Tons of O2

created per Year​

0

Work Hours

created per year

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Hectares

of land reforested

ForestNation Certified

This project is ForestNation Certified, which means:

How it Works

As soon as you start your new Forest, our planting team gets notified.

Our team starts growing your trees from seeds or use pre-grown seedlings.

Your saplings are cared for in a nursery until they’re ready to plant.

They’re planted in the mountains when conditions are favorable.

Reforesting Southern Haiti

Much of the rainforest here has been cut down over the last 50 years. Here’s how our project is restoring the forest by empowering local communities.

1. Education

Our agronomist visits villages requesting reforestation. He presents the importance of trees/forest to communities at churches and schools:
  • Where and how to plant each kind of tree
  • What trees provide to the ecosystem and to the people… he talks a lot about bringing back the songs of birds pulling people heart strings
  • How trees build the water table and hold soil for crops
  • Composting
  • Companion planting with crops, shade grown crops etc.
  • How to best stop goats from eating the seedlings.
haiti tree project community workshops
haiti tree project fruit tree distribution

2. Fruit tree distribution

After the seminar everyone receives a few fruit trees like mango or lemon that we know people value greatly since they each cost around $3 US dollars to purchase.
We visit lots of villages and educate and distribute a few fruit trees to everyone who comes to the seminar, and in return, we find a few great people willing to tirelessly reforest mountainsides because they have the same vision of Haiti that we do.

3. Start tree nurseries

If a village seems eager and organized enough to start a tree nursery we provide the training and costs for the first season of tree planting. People in the community take the trees home to plant them.
Farmers select the tree species they want to grow and plant, they own the trees and they are responsible for caring for them. Prior to even starting a tree nursery, we conduct a needs assessment with the community or individual farmer to determine what species they would like to use and how best to plant them.
haiti tree project nursery startup
haiti tree planting project culture

4. A tree planting culture is born

Our efforts move on to another village leaving previous villages hungry for more trees to plant. Those villages who received the aide soon realize that they can grow trees on their own without help. It just takes some resourcefulness and teamwork. As a result, a culture of planting trees is born.
haiti tree project impact in cavaillon

Impact in Cavaillon

Around Cavaillon in about a 20 mile radius, people grow trees now as a habit. Tree seedlings are part of home gardens. churches, schools, and local organizations all grow seedlings as part of their routine. These practices were not seen 10 years ago. Over the last 50 years the culture in the area has been to cut trees without replanting but thanks to this project, people have stopped to rethink their actions and have begun to plant more than they cut.

How We Plant

We've been reforesting in southern Haiti for over 10 years and we know the solution.

Planting Native Trees

Forest Tree Species: Sed (Spanish Cedar), Chen (Haitian Oak).
These hardwood trees are cut to produce charcoal and sell it in the cities for cooking fuel. They are also used for planks, posts, beams, and furniture. Many of the trees were planted in very poor rocky soil near mountain tops and have survived well.
Fruit Tree Species: Tamarind, Orange, Grapefruit, Lime, Coconut, Mango, Cherry, Cashew, Breadfruit, Avocado
We buy seeds from individuals rather than from big garden stores. Local people are eating fruits and bringing us the seeds, making it a beautiful grassroots effort. Fruit trees always survive well because of the close proximity to people’s homes.
haiti tree project native tree species
haiti tree project nursery care

Taking care of the Trees

We can grow trees year round in the tree nursery, watering them and keeping them shaded through the dry season, but we distribute great numbers of fruit trees in September – February to take advantage of the cool season and rainy season coming in March. The survival rate of our fruit trees is very high.
When we plant on mountain tops, the seedlings must be watered regularly for at least 6 months to survive, this manual labor becomes very costly.

Haiti Forest Updates

Plant with us

We aim to plant 2 million trees to reforest 2000 hectares of land in 2020. Help us make an impact.

ForestNation Certified

All our Tree Planting Projects create sustainable livelihoods. All the Trees absorb CO2, offset carbon emissions and contribute towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

All our Tree Planting Projects are ForestNation certified, which means they promise:

All Trees are registered with the UNEP’s Planet for the Planet Trillion Tree campaign. 

The Trees all absorb CO2 and offset carbon emissions and create sustainable livelihoods.

For every 10,000 trees planted at least double that will germinate naturally within following 5 years.

To use agroforestry techniques where trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland to increase natural reforestation and biodiversity as nature intended.

To focus on sustainable livelihoods and contribute towards at least the following SDGs:

To work towards a future where all of the trees we plant throughout their life contribute to all the 17 of the UN’s SDGs

To make follow ups and send monthly updates to ForestNation with photos and/or videos.

Version 2 certification coming soon:

Carbon credits for trading. You can report all the trees you plant with ForestNation for you CSR. Trees absorb carbon even without “carbon credit certificates”. We are working hard to give you this added financial benefit.

Drone timelapse aerial photography. This is awesome and entertaining proof that will be coming soon.