Planting Projects

    Tree planting is not an easy process.  In many locations, labour is difficult to come by with the native plant species dying out. Environmental conditions are often harsh, and close care must be taken to ensure the survival of the trees until proper they have reached proper growth.

    88ArtStreet works with experts in forestry and has partnered with several organizations that have local expertise in order to take part in some of the most innovative planting projects in the world.  These projects do not simply plant trees; they provide long-term employment, restore ailing eco-systems, support sustainable communities and provide the local population with independence.


    WeForest

    WeForest

    We are proud to partner with WeForest.org on our 10 Tree planting initiatives. Their ability to work with, access and hire locals in developed and developing countries has contributed to the success of 88ArtStreet's sustainable planting and restoring initiatives of communities in need across many areas around the world.

    "We are proud to create an unstoppable movement around bio-diverse tree planting. Our team works together with groups, individuals, and professionals spread over 3 continents and 12 countries, and are driven by the same passion and sharing the same commitment for a better world." 

    Below are some of the current and existing planting projects that we are planting in:

     

     

    Current Project:

    International: Madagascar Kalamboro

    Forty years ago, the west coast of Madagascar -occupying a stretch of coastline of approximately 1000 km- was still a healthy mangrove, capturing sediments that threaten coral reefs, sheltering highly diverse mollusc and crustacean communities for the biggest benefit of birds, sea turtles, dugongs as well as the Malagasy people themselves. In the last decades, development of urban areas, overfishing, rice farming, salt production and erosion caused by tree-cutting in the highlands threaten this unique ecosystem. This trend can be reverted by planting during low tide millions of seeds which fall off the trees and enable the restoration of the original wildlife and the quality of fishingfor local communities.

    With its rivers running ‘blood red’ and staining the surrounding Indian Ocean, astronauts had remarked in 1983 already that it looked as if Madagascar was bleeding to death. This insightful observation highlights one of Madagascar's greatest environmental problems—soil erosion. For Madagascar, a country that relies on agricultural production for the foundation of its economy, the loss of this soil is especially costly.

    In the last three years, after planting 18.6 million trees, our local partner (Eden Reforestation Projects) has been pleased to see that on top of restoring the local ecosystem, the workers employed are more self-sufficient as a result of our involvement. They are now able to repair their homes after the cyclone season, send their children to school, experience a balanced diet, pay for medical services, and even purchase comfortable clothing. “Moving whole villages away from the edge of extreme poverty has been incredibly rewarding, our plan is to see hundreds of additional villages continue to be transformed in this manner” says Steve Fitch, the founder of ERP.


    Planting months: 
    01,02,03,09,10,11,12
     
    Type of trees: 
    Lumnitzera racemosa, Sonneratia alba, Avicennia marina, Ceriops tagal, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Rhizopora mucronata
     
    Status
    Open
     
    Ha equivalent: 
    163
     
    Trees planted
    715,950

      

    Other Projects

         
     

    Burkina Faso

    In the Sahel, in the Northeast of Burkina Faso, contributes aim to replant the native forest and reverse the decline in biodiversity affecting the 'Partial faunal reserve of Ansongo-Menaka', whilst promoting a sustainable local economy.

         
     

    Ethiopia

    We all know that education is core to the development of the poorest nations: how can one break the vicious circle when no cash economy is available to send kids to school? Providing long term jobs to women in these remote regions makes this possible. The local planting partner Eden Reforestation Projects empowers these single mothers and widows, who work year after year in our projects, to be self sufficient and to be able to pay for school and medical care.

         
     

    Haiti

    The 2010 earthquake in Haiti left the country totally dependent on international aid. While medical aid, food, and water supply from abroad are important for immediate alleviation, it's urgent to plan for the future when emergency aid is gone: but how? We believe that restoring the soil and watersheds are the most urgent priorities to enable Haitians to grow food and drink clean water again. This can only happen with resilient reforestation involving the local population.

         
     

    India

    Local communities are trained in the Sirumalai Hills in sustainable reforestation to address food insecurity caused by population growth, land degradation and water shortage. We know that planting as little as 8.500 trees for example, creates 1 permanent and 3 temporary jobs - which we reserve in priority to women- to help these families feed their children and send them to school.

         
     

    Kenya

    Kenya's forests are rapidly declining due to significant population growth and other land uses. The result of this is such that there is only 2% forest cover remaining. Experts warned us years ago: Global warming could cause a 25 % drop in surface water across Africa by the end of the century . The Horn of Africa is currently suffering the biggest draught in 60 years. We must act now to alleviate local famine and prepare for the future by stopping the progression of the desert through the restoration of the forests on the slopes of Mount Kenya.