From 0 to 400,000 trees: our 2021 impact report

Deforestation is not just about trees

Forests all around the globe, which are already shrinking at an alarming rate, are slowly reaching their maximum carbon storage capacity - they won't be able to absorb much more carbon for the decades to come. At the very least, we need new sources of carbon capture to take up the burden of human industry.

There are lots of different approaches to this problem. But it's only by planting trees that we can increase carbon capture, revitalise species and provide social and economic benefits to local communities.

Treeapp sponsors Madagascar

Madagascar has a special place in our hearts. Over the course of 150 years it has lost over 80% of it's forests through brutal slash-and-burn practices for agriculture, selective logging for precious wood and in some cases, forest clearing for mining.

Madagascar’s rich ecosystem, composed of over 11,000 local plant species, has quickly been stripped of life. Soil erosion has depleted the country's agricultural capacity and advanced poverty in rural populations. Our focus here is to bring life back into Madagascar’s original ecosystems and economy, to ensure diverse local tree species are planted and jobs are created.

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Madagascar is also home to many endangered species such as Lemurs and Ploughshare Tortoises. The latter can only be found in a small area of northwestern Madagascar - where as few as 1.000 of these animals survive. To find out more about the wildlife at risk in Madagascar, check out this article by WWF.

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A history of instability

The extreme poverty seen across Madagascar is equally damaging to its environment. Political instability from a history of colonialism, a lack of infrastructure and slow population growth resulted in a severe downturn in the country's economy.

Things have improved in the last decade but the 132nd country with the highest GDP still has a long way to go.

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Our selected planting partners hire local citizens to plant hundreds of trees on the island every day, which stimulates the local economy through coastal trees, dry deciduous trees or agroforestry.

While we recognise that this is a small step in the right direction. we look forward to grow this number as we scale our local planting activities.

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The work already done by our NGO partners

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