This project reduces 237,053 t of CO₂ every year over a 15-year period.
It also contributes to 12 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
These objectives will be achieved thanks to the creation of forest plantations of native species on small plots. The area on which this project is developed reaches 86 square kilometers. The participants in the project are those who own underutilized land and demonstrate that participation will not conflict with their agricultural and livestock farming activities. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with a per capita GDP income of $ 1,079 per year. The project helps rural communities in need of support and allows them to take control of their own resources.
The trees improve the temperature of the farm and the planet as well. They also give us wood, shade, and better soil, helping stop erosion.Justina Gutierrez Munos, farmer in Mansico, Nicaragua.
The project area includes one of the most critical catchment areas in the municipality of San Juan de Limay, which suffers from seasonal water shortages and floods. The greater forest cover will allow water to be retained during the dry season and will reduce flooding in the rainy season. In addition, the project will distribute fuel-efficient fireplaces that reduce smoke in the home, generating health benefits for all, especially women.
Loading the card with seedlings: Each rainy season, entire villages come together to plant hundreds of thousands of trees.
Biomass calculations: By measuring and weighing trees of different species, specific biomass and growth equations can be developed so as to gather precise information on carbon sequestration rates.
Annual monitoring: Each year the plantations are monitored to gather information on growth, density, species composition and mortality.
Reforested lots of land from the air.
A newly planted tree having been moved from nursery to farm.
Silvopasture in action on Denis Aleix’ Farm.
Sergio Gonsalez Sandoval happy with his forest he has been growing since 2012 thanks to the project.
One of the projects nurseries for growing thousands of seedlings.
Justina Gutierrez Munos, farmer in Mansico, Nicaragua, has planted 5000 trees in 2019.
The project provides financial benefits to the participants during the project. This is done through payments for ecosystem services (PES), income from sustainable timber and sustainable forest products. This approach addresses the causes of deforestation, guarantees the direct and continuous involvement of the community and the technical training of people. At the same time, it will sequester quantifiable volumes of CO₂ from the atmosphere and improve the environmental and socio-economic conditions of families located in the community of San Juan de Limay.
We hope to create solidarity among communities, provide opportunities for families to earn extra income, act as a role model for others and build environmental awareness among subsistence farmers.Elsa Gonzales, Head Community Technician and Office manager Taking Roots Nicaragua
The project uses 3 types of plantations:
• mixed species plantations (multipurpose tree plantations consisting of fast-growing firewood species and longer-lived hardwood species)
• border planting (living fences)
• forestry plantation (planting of trees on areas used for breeding).
12 UN Sustainable Development Goals are being supported by this project:
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