HOW RESPONSIBLE REFORESTATION CAN EMPOWER COMMUNITIESHOW RESPONSIBLE REFORESTATION CAN EMPOWER COMMUNITIES
on Apr 22, 2021 At EARTHDAY.ORG, we believe that a reforestation program is most successful when it benefits the people who live near planting sites. We know that reforestation offers many benefits when carried out responsibly — like healthier habitats and soil, less erosion, increased groundwater retention, carbon sequestration, increased food security and local economic benefits. So, it makes sense that these benefits should be felt and managed by local communities! Our Canopy Project® reforestation initiative does just that. Our projects are carried out by local communities, and all benefits from the planted trees go to support the people who must care for them. In Madagascar, The Canopy Project works to support rural farming villages that are facing difficult ecological conditions. Due to widespread cultivation of cash crops, as well as decades-long practices of slash-and-burn farming and illegal logging, much of Madagascar’s ecosystem has been damaged, making it more difficult for individuals to access the natural resources they need to support their families. For rural communities in the area, subsistence agriculture remains a central focus of daily life, requiring them to rely on the stability of their surrounding habitat for their livelihood. Our project near Masoala National Park has supported the planting of over 70,000 trees in 2020, restoring the degraded forest around the village and providing a source of sustenance and income for over 110 subsistence farming families living near the planting site.
Earth Day Earth Day 2021 Earth Day 2021 activities Earth Day 2021 theme Frontlist Frontlist India news Frontlist Latest news Latest news