Community Agroforestry Project
Growing Forest Gardens to Sequester Carbon and Feed Communities
The Challenges: Carbon, Climate, and Deforestation
Climate change is having devastating effects on the world. These effects are experienced more profoundly by rural and agricultural communities that live close to the land. Deforestation has severe effects on the people, land, and ecosystems, especially in rural areas and in countries like Nepal. Deforested land, especially in hilly areas, is more prone to soil erosion and landslides, especially during the monsoon (rainy) season, which has become more extreme and unpredictable in recent years.
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What Woven Earth is Doing
A Viable Solution: Agroforestry to Offset CO2 Emissions and Support Communities
Throughout their lives, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and "breathe out" oxygen. They use this carbon to build their trunks, roots, branches, and leaves. An average tree can sequester roughly twenty kilograms of CO2 per year, and up to a metric ton over its lifetime.
Woven Earth has partnered with rural farming communities and the Nepal Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence to offset atmospheric CO2 through the development of new agro-forests. "Agro-forestry" utilizes a wide variety of mixed tree species appropriate for the region, providing the following benefits:
We prioritize edible fruit and nut trees, which provide regular harvests for nutrition and income for rural families
Fodder trees to provide fresh local food for goats, cows, and buffalo
Lumber trees for rebuilding houses and furniture
Together these support healthy biodiversity and ecosystems for animals, birds, bees and other insects in hill communities of Nepal
Trees are planted on fallow agricultural land
Land and soil are stabilized and more resilient in heavy rains against erosion and landslides.
Click here to see some of the trees that are being planted and their impact on sequestering CO2.
Click here to read more about the solutions we are implementing in Nepal.
We Need Your Help
How it works:
An individual, family, or business invests in CO2 sequestration
In cooperation with our partner organizations and rural farming families, Woven Earth purchases, transports, and cares for the young trees (saplings).
The trees are planted when ready.
Funds are also used to develop tree nurseries in rural areas and for some administrative expenses.
Woven Earth and our partners monitor the health of the trees as they grow, and re-plant diseased trees. Forestry professionals from the Nepal Ithaka Institute for Climate Intelligence verify the numbers of living trees and account for the total CO2 sequestered.
For each purchase of CO2 sequestration offsets, Woven Earth will send you a certificate verifying the amount of CO2 sequestered, information on some of the regional impacts, and updates on the ongoing progress of this project.
How much CO2 am I responsible for annually?