Making a Difference One Tree at a Time.
At TraderLion, we believe in making a positive impact on our planet. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Ecologi, a reputable and transparent environmental organization, to ensure that with every purchase made on our website, a tree is planted. Ecologi works closely with local communities and NGOs to support reforestation projects around the world, contributing to the fight against climate change and promoting biodiversity.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The initial survival rate at our mangrove restoration projects (where the majority of our trees are planted) exceeds 80%. However, between years three and five the young mangrove trees begin to produce their own propagules (baby mangrove trees) resulting in a proliferation of natural regeneration. Multiple studies demonstrate the initial survival rate combined with natural regeneration results in a luxuriant impact ranging between 150 and 500 percent.
For all of our tree-planting projects, we are selective in choosing partners to work with who actively take steps to secure these high survival rates.
Yes. Monoculture forests do not fall under the category of responsible reforestation, and neither does planting species that aren’t appropriate for the local biosphere or climate.
As one example, at our planting sites in Madagascar, our partners Eden Reforestation Projects are planting over 50 different species, including:
- Avicinia marina
- Rhizophora mucronata
- Ceriops tagal
- Bruguiera gymnoohiza
- We work carefully with all levels of government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity.
- We hire local villagers to plant the trees. In this way, we alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The villagers now have an economic incentive to ensure the well-being of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care.
- A minimum of 10% of the trees to be planted are agroforestry species (fruit, fodder, and construction species designed to provide food security and benefit legitimate human needs). Over time these trees become a source of sustainable income.
- We do all possible to supply the local villagers with alternative fuel sources (fuel-efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves), which reduces and or eliminates their dependence on charcoal.
- We also hire forest guards as part of the labor force. Forest guards are part of the overall budget.
- Most significantly, we have seen the villagers fall in love with THEIR forest. They also recognize and benefit from the restored forest through an increase in fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water, and the formation of micro-enterprises.
Within Ecologi, we ensure that the same is true across the board – we will not partner with organizations who do not work to secure the longevity and safety of the trees our community is paying to put in the ground.
In order for a planting site to be developed, the native population must have explicitly agreed to the project and must benefit from the project in its entirety.
With planting in Madagascar, the project is done with permission from the owners of the indigenous land, in conjunction with the government.
Local communities benefit from many aspects of the project, such as 2.4 million work days that have been created, access to fruit harvesting, and many other economic benefits of restoring deforested land.
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