Be part of the Knysna forest restoration together with our partner Pachamama.
Your purchase allows the financing of:
1. forest restoration of 0.5m2 through the clearing of invasive plant species and the protection of local biodiversity;
2. the planting of a native tree seedling at on the border of the Garden Route National Park in South Africa;
3. the creation of paid employment for the local community (one full-time job for every 2,000 trees).
Planting a tree with Foliumize and Pachamama provides for:
- restoration of the native forest of Knysna allowing the extension of the habitats of the local fauna (leopards, elephants, monkeys, birds and insects among others);
- preservation of endangered ecosystems and local biodiversity;
- regeneration of soil and groundwater polluted and impoverished by intensive exploitation;
- planting of various native species (as opposed to the monoculture of imported species which could quickly become invasive);
- clearing of these invasive species which deplete the soil and the water reserves;
- planting by hand (no heavy machinery to avoid soil compaction) and therefore,
- creation of paid employment for local populations;
- strict ban on pesticides and / or chemical fertilizers;
- trees planted solely for ecological purposes, which could not have been planted without your help and which will not be cut or sold in 20 years.
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I plant a tree
The best time to plant a tree needs to be determined in accordance with nature's cycle. The rainy season and / or winter are, depending on the project, the best time to ensure sufficient humidity for the young plants during the first months of development of their root systems.
For example, the forest restoration project in South Africa chooses to plant the seedlings during the southern winter (June to August), the latter being relatively mild because the ground is not subject to frost.
- Establishing a privileged relationship with the project, the teams and the natural environment
This relationship is a prerequisite for the choice and evaluation of the project. Despite doing this, nothing will replace the fact that we must be on the ground regularly to meet them, to listen to them but above all while maintaining independence in the evaluation of tree planting.
- Implementation of adapted methods
- on-site visit carried out by Foliumize or by an independent professional from the forestry sector;
- follow-up questionnaire to ensure the survival of the trees planted and thus attesting the quality of the methods in place. Quantitative criteria such as, counting the diversity of planted species, the clearing area of invasive species and also qualitative criteria;
- pluriannual monitoring plan of the various reforestation programs in order to estimate, for example, the survival rate of trees, their growth, but also beneficial effects on biodiversity (appearance of endemic plants, increase in local fauna due to the restoration of their habitat...);
- staggered payments in three stages: ⅓ at the time of site preparation and clearing of invasive species; ⅓ during the planting phase; ⅓ when the planting phase is over and the final evaluation is positive as to the survival of the young trees.
- Applying our experience and expertise in the field of monitoring
Our professional experience before Foliumize was partly centered around this notion of monitoring. Of course, we applied it to the financial sector, but the principles and experience acquired are assets that we transpose to the field of reforestation. For us, these control tools must be adapted to the project, used wisely and implemented independently.