Every day, our teams work in some of the world’s most remote locations to facilitate restoration and community development through nature-based solutions to climate change.
Today, we operate in eight project countries and are able to manage over 241,150 hectares of land by working with the local communities. Through collaboration and science-based restoration practices, we work to generate substantive benefits designed explicitly by and for each community that support their well-being, raise living conditions, and restore their environment.
How we do it
A bottom-up approach
We start our reforestation projects by connecting with local communities and building relationships with local leaders who want their environment to thrive. These communities guide us to planting opportunities, build their citizens’ commitment to restoring and protecting the forest, and creatively overcome restoration obstacles.
We provide economic incentives and simple planting techniques to support local communities in restoring their local environment and economy. We keep our systems simple, so they can be easily replicated and implemented by people who don’t have many resources and must deal with treacherous roads, unreliable electricity, and spotty internet. Putting the local community at the center of our work inspires great commitment to reforestation in their country and a sense of ownership to protect their forests long-term. Our success and the communities’ success are inextricably entwined.
Many of our leaders grew up in a culture other than their country of nationality. As a result, they relate well to the communities and work effectively in remote, poverty-stricken settings. They have built teams that are committed to success, adaptable, and intrepid. Despite political unrest, civil wars, major storms, earthquakes, warlords, bandits, poachers, and wildlife, they continue to plant.
Our credibility and results enable us to attract a wide array of donors and top-quality board members. As our budget increases, we have the resources to invest in developing our carbon project subsidiary, Compassionate Carbon, and implementing technology systems to expand monitoring, evaluation, and reporting to donors.