Trees for #BAM150
The beginning of the year 2019 marks the start of a partnership between Trees for All and Royal BAM Group nv, who is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The European construction firm and the Dutch based charity teamed up to plant 150,000 trees worldwide in 2019. For Trees for All this is the first time it will plant trees in different countries in Europe, besides the Netherlands. The European projects are exclusively selected for #BAM150.
About Trees for All
Trees for All is a Dutch based charity that has been active for 20 years in supporting forest planting projects all over the world. Projects that ensure a better future for people, because they produce fruit or wood, retain water or prevent erosion. Forests that provide work and income, that ensure more biodiversity and capture additional CO2.
Trees for All wants to stop the worldwide deforestation and reverse the process. Every year the total number of trees worldwide shrinks with more than 10 billion trees due to deforestation. Living with seven billion people on our planet, it would take only two trees per citizen to add 14 billion trees yearly. With the 1-2-Tree program Trees for All offers every individual and company the possibility to restore a healthy green planet. You can participate by donating your own 2 trees here. These trees are planted in addition to those planted by BAM.
During 2019, 150,000 trees will be planted to celebrate BAM’s 150th anniversary. 100,000 of these will be planted in the tropics. Next to the positive impact on nature and climate, forests in these regions are important to improve the livelihoods of local people.
In Uganda 50,000 trees will be planted in Kibale National Park. Trees for All cooperates with Face the Future and Uganda Wildlife Authorities (UWA) for the rehabilitation of one of the last remaining primary forests in Africa. Kibale is renowned for its diversity of monkeys and great apes, such as the chimpanzee. The reforestation activities with native tree species will contribute to the restoration of the National Park and will provide income to the local farmer population living around the park. Read more
The project in Bolivia focuses on planting 50.000 timber trees by local farmers to improve their income and livelihoods, by providing them with alternative sources of income. The trees will be planted together with cocoa, coffee and fruit trees. The timber trees provide shade to the cocoa and coffee which will be beneficial to their quality (coffee and cocoa are originally shade grown crops). They sequester CO2 and improve water retention and soil fertility. After about 20 years the farmer starts harvesting valuable timber in a sustainably managed agroforestry system. The benefits for the farmers are numerous and at the same time creating these agroforestry systems is also one of the most effective measures against further deforestation of natural forest areas. Read more
In Belgium 5.000 trees will be planted in Flanders to help to create new nature.
In Denmark 50 fruit trees will be planted at different Kindergartens in the Neighbourhood of Copenhagen, combined with an educational programme.
In Germany 4.000 trees will be added to a forest reserve. These tree species are needed to create a mixed forest that will be able to stand the conditions of the changing climate.
Another 4.000 trees will be planted as part of a larger project to create a new forest near the Czech border.
In the Republic of Ireland on two locations nearby Cork an Dublin about 3.000 trees will be planted to create a new forest and partly to restore a severely damaged forest.
In the Netherlands 20.000 trees will be planted at 2 locations. One of these locations results in a new forest. At the other project the forest died because of the ash disease. A new forest with mixed species will be created. Read more
In the U.K. 13.450 trees will be planted at 5 locations. Two in Northern Ireland, the others in or near Birmingham, Manchester and Stratford upon Avon, where new woodlands will be created.
In Switzerland the final 500 trees will be planted.
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