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4.000.000+

Trees Planted

30+

Projects Involved

8+

Countries

ECOLOGY
#1 company fighting climate change

Our collective home is in the process of being turned totally upside down which is leading to strife for almost all life on Earth. We know it’s preventable. And we know it’s not going to save itself. So, it is up to us to solve it. But what levers can we pull? Reducing our carbon footprint is entirely necessary, but the transition of change is far slower than the time we have remaining. The tools that we associate with fighting climate change are inadequate. What if that changed and the billions of us who care became empowered? There are enough climate solutions that are out there right now, that if we supported them, it’d undo 30 years of carbon damage by avoiding 1,500 billion tonnes of CO2. This is our opportunity.

Tree planting

It’s now common knowledge that one of the best tools to tackle the climate crisis and keep our temperatures from rising above 1.5C is to plant trees. They are also crucial to preventing ecological collapse. Our tree planting partner The Eden Reforestation Projects plant millions of trees around the world each month. We are currently supporting their incredible work in Madagascar.

Carbon reduction

At Ecologi we invest your money into projects that remove more greenhouse gasses than your own carbon footprint puts in. Each month we support a range of carbon reduction projects that are certified at the very highest level by Gold Standard and equivalent. Check out the projects we’ve supported to date.

Projects

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Project

1

Mesoamerican Biological Corridor in Guatemala

The corridor is home to multiple diverse biomes and is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. These environmental forces create four terrestrial biomes and 19 terrestrial ecoregions. These biomes are a crucial player in our planets ecosystems and the degradation of this hub of biodiversity will have catastrophic impacts across the world.
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Planting responsibly in Bosawas, Nicaragua

Combined with the remaining primary forest in neighbouring Honduras, Bosawas forms one of Central America’s last large blocks of undisturbed ecosystems that are home to hundreds of endangered and endemic species. The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in north-central Nicaragua is one of the centrepieces of the ‘Heart of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor’. The area is renowned for its rich biodiversity and numerous rare or endangered species.
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3

Protecting the Amazon from deforestation in Brazil

The Amazonian rainforest is a symbol of this and has found itself at most risk. In 2019 it was measured to be losing prime forest at a rate of three football fields a minute. Aside from overseas political persuasion to help nations tackle this themselves, the carbon offset market is able to assist by protecting large swathes of forest through a specific project type, Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). A REDD+ project can be thought of as placing an area of forest under protection through long term forest management.
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Rewilding the Appalachians, USA

Appalachia is one of America’s most beautiful and iconic regions. Stretching from the state of New York, all the way down to Alabama and Georgia, Appalachia is not only home to its namesake Appalachian Trail, but also the Ozarks and Blue Ridge Mountains. More than 150 tree species can be found in the region, making it one of the most diverse ecological regions in North America. Unfortunately, the resource wealth of the region also means much of the forest has been degraded by unsustainable mining and timber operations. Over the years, an estimated 83% of natural habitat has been lost.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's stopping someone from cutting down the newly planted tree?

This is an obviously important question that needs a good answer from our tree planting partner, Eden Reforestation. This is their reply: 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 wellbeing 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 increase in fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water and the formation of micro enterprises.

Why plant mangrove trees?

Scientific studies have shown that mangroves “sequester carbon at a rate two to four times greater than mature tropical forests”, and contain “the highest carbon density of all terrestrial ecosystems.” Mangroves are also key part of coastal ecosystems, and “renowned for an array of ecosystem services, including fisheries and fibre production, sediment regulation, and storm/tsunami protection”. The key to mangroves is the large amounts of biomass stored underground in the extensive root system. These roots support the large trees in muddy coastal areas where mangroves thrive.

What's the survival rate of these trees?

The initial survival rate at our mangrove restoration projects 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.

How much carbon does a tree sequester?

Trees are one of the best tools we have in removing carbon pollution from our atmosphere. For the purposes of our own reporting, the carbon absorbed by trees planted isn’t actually taken in to account at Ecologi. This is because we want the highest standard of certification of carbon offsets, Gold Standard, to be responsible for offsetting your carbon footprint. So when you fund climate change solutions through Ecologi, you are part funding planting of trees, and part funding certified carbon offset projects (such as this and this). The trees you are funding are of course doing sterling work sucking up carbon, and mangrove trees which we use are especially capable. Based on scientific research of mangrove forests, we know that a hectare of mangroves can sequester 3082 tonnes of CO2 over a 25 year life time. Or 308KG per tree.

Are the trees being planted varied and native species?

They sure are! Monoculture forests and non-native species do not fall under the category of responsible reforestation. The species planted in Madagascar are: Avicinia marina Rhizophora mucronata Ceriops tagal Bruguiera gymnoohiza And the species planted in Indonesia are: Rhizopora Soneratia alba Bruguiera gymnorhiza Avicennia marina Nypa fruticans Xylocarpus granatum

How can you provide carbon offsets so cheaply?

One of the questions we’re asked frequently is why are we so cheap compared to our competitors? Especially as Gold Standard, the certification we buy from, is often priced at a premium over others due to their attention to quality and prioritising co-benefits to society. Most of the answer lies in our attitude to profit taking and running as efficiently as possible. Our mission is to get as much money in to climate change solutions as possible, and that’s reflected in our 12.5% fee. In terms of the underlying cost of the carbon offset, there are a few factors in play: Project type: some projects are just relatively inexpensive, like a routine solar installation in a very sunny part of the world with access to cheap land and expertise. Volume of carbon offsets purchased: the higher volume you buy, the closer it is to the original low wholesale cost. We buy our in a low volume offsets through an intermediary that made an initial big order, but the cost savings are passed on to us. How old the carbon offset is (‘vintage’): A carbon offset project runs for multiple years generating a number of credits each year. Not all the credits are bought every year so smaller amounts float around on the markets, and are often cheaper to acquire. An “old” carbon offset is just as relevant as a new one, as it doesn’t matter when in time the emission reduction took place.

What's the basic criteria for a carbon offset project?

Real: There is evidence that this project will actually remove emissions Additionality: This requirement ensures those removed emissions would not have happened without being financed through the carbon offset market. This requirement must be determined by a third party. Measurable: For a project to be certified it must be accurately measurable. Permanent: The project must meet a standard to ensure the emission reductions are permanently removed from the atmosphere. Verifiable: Independent third-parties must be able to routinely verify the project is making the stated emission reductions all through the project’s life. Leakage: This is to prevent negative side effects of the project operating.

How can a project ensure it is doing what it says it is?

The strength and quality of a carbon offset project lies in a third-party that certifies the project to certain standards. Their main role is to ensure that the carbon offsets are real, additional, and permanent. They will monitor the project to ensure it delivers to the original design. Through their public registries, they ensure that a carbon offset has ownership and cannot be sold more than once. These certification bodies also employ third parties to audit the projects to completely remove any conflict of interest in the reporting. The various available standards, such as Voluntary Carbon Standard, VER+, and Gold Standard tend to have have a focus on certain areas, such as prioritising a project type such as reforestation, or co-benefits to society.

How do we ensure the indigenous are protected?

The native population must have explicitly agreed to the project and 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.

Can this stop climate change?

There are billions of concerned people on this planet who care but don’t know how to make a meaningful contribution. If we can get the right platform that allows us to make the impact we want to, and continue the process of carbon awareness then there’s an amazing opportunity. The underlying projects you’ll be supporting (e.g. reforestation, renewables, efficient cooking stoves) are all ranked highly in terms of climate change solutions. One of our goals is to plant one billion trees, read about why this isn’t such a crazy idea.