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

  • Over 7%

    of the world's biodiversity is in Central America

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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.

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Where we're working

  • Honduras

    • La Tigra National Park
    • Singling and bare root transfer planting methods
    • Honduras' dry corridor region is highly vulnerable to extreme weather
  • Nicaragua

    • Bosawás Biosphere Reserve
    • Tropical humid forest species
    • Food security for those living in extreme poverty through agroforestry
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"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.

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Our success

We are working with local communities across eight 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.

  • 1 million+ trees

    produced, planted, and protected

  • 60+ employees

    empowered with fair wages

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