Despite having thousands of protected forests, illegal activities are destroying Central America's forests.
Why reforest in Central America?
Central America has a wide range of ecosystems varying from tropical forests, mountains, grasslands, mangroves, and wetlands. These forests are home to thousands of indigenous people and endemic species. Despite having over nine hundred protected areas, deforestation still threatens the lives of those in Central America. For example, the harvesting and production of palm oil have led to rapid deforestation in Honduras while poaching, logging, and mining threaten Nicaragua's forests.
80+ indigenous groups
in Central America live with a higher than average poverty rate
of the world's biodiversity is in Central America
How we started
In 2020, we began working with indigenous communities in Central America, launching reforestation projects in Honduras and Nicaragua. Our Honduras project launched in partnership with La Tigra National Park to produce, plant, and protect forests destroyed by uncontrolled logging. By reforesting this degraded site with native tree species, locals will preserve the site's important watershed and unique biodiversity.
In Nicaragua, we are planting in the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, one of the world's largest rainforests and one of Central America's last remaining blocks of undisturbed ecosystems. This region has extremely high biodiversity and is home to indigenous groups who want to preserve their culture and natural resources. However, despite their efforts to protect their land, these communities are constantly threatened by the influx of illegal loggers. By partnering with community leaders, we create sustainable economic opportunities for indigenous people to restore and protect large forest areas.
Where we're working
"Only at Eden": determination in the face of adversity
The key to our success is not only the trees we plant but the people we employ. Although our work in Central America is new, there have been plenty of challenges our teams have faced. With COVID-19 still rampant in Central America, our team has worked through lockdowns and outbreaks to restore their land. Our teams have successfully planted through parching droughts due to climate change. Without the determination of our team, our work in Central America would not be possible.
We are working with local communities across eleven planting sites in Central America. Our Employ to Plant methodology helps bring economic opportunity to marginalized communities where the impact of deforestation has destroyed access to resources and the ability to live sustainably off the land.
3 million+ trees
produced, planted, and protected
empowered with fair wages