Graine de Vie, an NGO dedicated to reforestation integrated into local life
Graine de Vie started its adventure in 2009 with the creation of its first nursery and planting around 100,000 trees in Madagascar.
Today we have planted more than 50 000 000 trees in 7 African countries.
OUR APPROACH IS BASED ON 4 AXES :
1 – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Graine de Vie was born from a local initiative to address major deforestation in the northeast region of Madagascar. Ever since, we have continued with this approach. Indeed, we are convinced that communities facing the same geographical and climate characteristics or having the same customs are the best placed to define and implement the solution to the degradation of their
2 – CROSS-SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS
Our teams intervene with different stakeholders (private sector, public sector, scientific community, civil society organizations, …) to create a synergy between them and thus provide financial, structural and technical support to the sustainable management of the environment and to the fight against climate change.
3 – NORTH-SOUTH EXCHANGES
People living in underdeveloped countries are the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Moreover, trees planted in these underdeveloped countries have a higher carbon capture rate than in developed countries and they improve the livelihoods and resources of people who are the first to suffer from the effects of global warming. For this reason, we are currently implementing our projects in African countries.
4 – CONTRIBUTION TO THE SDGs
Graine de Vie’s activities contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on several levels. We respond to several issues in a transversal way: gender approach, food security, job creation, reduction of inequalities, protection, restoration and sustainable management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems,…
The creation of certified carbon credits on our reforestation projects is an opportunity for our NGO to develop its projects while granting important funds to the village populations allowing them to initiate development projects.
Our ambition is to combine our reforestation actions with the improvement of the well-being of the local population and thereby improve the support
of the villagers by motivating them to protect the reforested areas.
At the same time, we enable our partners to combine their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with voluntary offsetting through our projects.
FACTS ABOUT GRAINE DE VIE IN 2023
Graine de Vie is a network of non-governmental organizations dedicated to reforestation integrated into local life since 2009. Each structure has a board of directors whose members are volunteers and a multidisciplinary executive team.
We have offices in :
Belgium, Cameroon, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Togo
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Projects to restore and protect national parcs
We have 445 active collaborators
45 are active in Europe (only volunteers) of which 10 are directing operations and 400 are active for reforestation.
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Origin of donations :
Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Netherlands, Finland, Madagascar.
It’s time to act !
Frédéric Debouche, President of our NGO
In just two centuries of industrial revolution, man has managed to damage his habitat, the Earth, which is the magnificent and fragile result of millions of years of evolution, often in irreversible ways.
The destruction of forests is taking on such proportions that, each year, more than twelve million hectares of forest disappear, an area equivalent to four times the total surface of Belgium.
We do not have the right to leave our children with the heritage of managing our failings. If we do not act now, we will be guilty of failing to assist humanity which is in grave danger.
10.000 trees will capture 1000 tons of CO2
for a total sum of 5.000€ that’s 20€ per month for 20 years
or 250€ annually for 20 years you can compensate the ecological
footprint of ALL YOUR LIFE.
The average cost for Graine de Vie to plant a tree is 0.50 €.
Latest news about our projects
Actions speak louder than words, but actions + words are a proof of results. A testimony of local farmer in Benin, with whom Graine de Vie (through our local partner CEDV) worked to restore his estate, demonstrates how we engage with local communities. Our reforestation strategy includes a strong commitment to involve local communities in restoring their natural environment and providing them with means to improve their livelihood. Our trees nurseries provide employment and a source of income. The seedlings are distributed free of charge and planted in villager’s land parcels, creating a source of food and income (fruit and cash crop trees). Hence, our projects are well preserved and maintained long term by the communities where we are present.
We are proud to announce that yesterday Graine De Vie and Madagascar National Parks signed a new cooperation agreement to amplify activities related to joined reforestation projects aiming to restore ecosystems, raise awareness among local communities by involving them in project work, and establishing tree nurseries in surrounding areas.
This agreement marks another key milestone of collaboration between MNP and Graine de Vie in our joint fight against the effects of climate change.
Partner Spotlight: 4,000 clove trees were planted last week and 10,000 more are planned to be grown in a nursery sponsored by our long-term contributor Pop Media (Belgium). Many thanks to Pop Media’s lasting commitment.