Selecting our partners
fairly and transparently.
Our principles : the example of forest restoration
These eight principles constitute a prerequisite for the selection of forest restoration projects :
1. Promote biodiversity - its restoration and preservation are essential values;
2. Plant a wide range of endemic tree species in order to mimic the natural conditions of primary forests;
3. Generate positive economical and social impacts for the communities working on the project or living nearby - fair remuneration and education;
4. Protect young trees when they are freshly planted and while they are still immature in order to guarantee their survival - after that stage, nature takes back control;
5. Obtain local supplies of seedlings (available near the reforestation area or through a nursery located on site);
6. Protect and regenerate ecosystems : for example the use of chemical pesticides is prohibited;
7. Fight against invasive plant species and, depending on the case, integrate a clearing program;
8. Limit the use of machines to the strict minimum: to avoid compacting the soil and disturbing the present biodiversity. The aim is not to prohibit them, but to use them wisely.
Quality over quantity!
There are numerous ways to care for the forest, to preserve it and to promote its benefits. We have selected these criteria as being essential and as reflecting our philosophy.
Our main credo is "quality instead of quantity". Our preference is for human-size projects where the driving force is not the sole count of planted trees. Rather, our focus aims at ecological and social efficiency. Many areas of our daily lives prove that quantity over quality is counterproductive and protecting the environment is no exception.
How does this translate in detail for forest restoration actions?
Our role: selection and monitoring
The projects are led by experienced and qualified on-site people. Our role is, in return for adhering to our values, to provide them with funding.
The technical expertise lies with these local people because they have knowledge of their environment. Our role may, if necessary, to advice with regard to their organization and the methods in place to guarantee the success of reforestation or preservation operations. We also offer to link all partners involved in environmental and social projects.
We report to the contributors of these projects by publishing annually, in full transparency, (1) the implementation and monitoring of projects.
In the event of a clear disagreement with a project, Foliumize can review the terms of the partnership having in mind the best environmental and social outcome.
What we are not
We also define ourselves by declaring what we are not and what we do not want to be.
Here is a list of common practices that exist in the reforestation field but which do not characterize us:
Funding of trees intended to be felled, as the industrial forestry does. Selecting this type of project leads to partly be financing the forestry industry and improving the financial profitability of such programs.
Planting seeds via drones or using dogs running around with pierced bags full of seeds (!) on their backs.
Monoculture or bi-culture to facilitate the selection, felling and extraction of logs.
Use of chemical pesticides or GMO to improve growth rates and to select dominating species.
Favouring non-endemic species often reflects the desire for rapid growth, yield and therefore return on investments.