Tree-Planting Update: Episode 18

This tree update was filmed somewhere special: in a forest managed by Peter Wohlleben, the world’s top forester! I met him to exchange knowledge and best tree-planting practices.

In this episode, I give you the latest updates on how your trees are doing in Kenya, where we’ve now planted 800,000 trees with the Green Belt Movement, which was founded by the legendary Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai. In August, we’ll go to Kenya to measure the effect these trees have on the water cycle.

In Brazil, we have an unusual way to bring forests back, namely through firefighting. Thanks to Ecosia's support, the ITPA was able to stop 40 forest fires between May and November 2018.

Together with Eden, we have planted 12 million mangroves on Madagascar last year, and we are now entering a new planting phase. In the estuary of Akalamboro, we will plant 6 million mangroves in the coming years. The results of this reforestation work can already be seen from space!

At Ecosia, we bring forests back in many different ways, depending on the local conditions. Sometimes we plant seedlings, sometimes we use direct seeding, sometimes we use FMNR, and sometimes we use firefighting.

We’re about to try something completely different in Malawi: planting trees through the radio! Most people in rural Malawi listen to the radio, so informing them of the importance of trees and of how they can bring forest back might be extremely effective, cost-efficient, and scalable. We start with 36 Radio programs in two districts in cooperation with the Farm Radio Trust, and will keep you posted on how it goes in future tree updates!

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