We are an NGO dedicated to protection, afforestation and reforestation
We started in 2009 and have projects in Madagascar, Togo, Benin, and Cameroon. Created as a non-profit organization under Belgian and Luxembourg law, our NGO enables the compensation of the ecological footprint of the inhabitants of our industrialized countries through the planting of trees in developing countries.
Creation of local tree nurseries
In order to ensure the monitoring and development of reforestation, we create a nursery in each of the planting sites and train local people to manage it. Through local authorities and schools, we are developing a program to raise public awareness of environmental protection. To achieve these objectives, all our members are committed to working on a voluntary basis to ensure that all funds entrusted to us are used directly and fully for the management of our nurseries and tree planting.
On the other hand, we pay the tree nurserymen and tree planting workers a salary and thus contribute to improving the life of the people living in the reforestation areas.
Compensate your carbon emissions
Carbon offsetting is ensured by planting trees in large-scale projects whose nurseries and plantations are managed by Graine de Vie. We work in partnership with Madagascar National Parks to secure, protect and even restore primary forests.
Raising awareness of the people
By training tree nurserymen and raising awareness in schools and villages of the need to preserve the environment. By creating unifying projects in isolated regions. By integrating women into the labour market in order to combat exclusion.
We employ 10 FTEs on site and 350 daily collaborators (our European members are all volunteers). By planting cash crops in a sustainable way (fruit trees, essential oils, building materials). Biodiversity also enhances the country’s tourist attractiveness.
FACTS ABOUT GRAINE DE VIE in 2019
We have offices in :
Belgium, France and Luxemburg.
Is the number of sites where we are involved in reforestation. We also have 132 tree nurseries in 16 of the 22 regions of Madagascar and in 8 schools, 9 projects restoring the mangrove and 11 projects protecting and restoring the national parks.
Number of trees planted since we got started in 2009.
We have 445 active collaborators
45 are active in Europe (only volunteers) of which 10 are directing operations and 400 are active in Madagascar for reforestation (salaried).
Number of children that we can raise awareness of every year.
On average one person produces 10 tons of C02 per year. The 30 million trees we planted compensate for the CO2 emissions of 15000 people each year. (150.000 tons CO2/year).
Origin of donations :
Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Netherlands, Finland, Madagascar.
Number of planted tree species.
Projects in Madagascar
Since 2009, creation of 500 reforestation sites. We also have 132 nurseries in 16 of the 22 regions and 8 schools. These nurseries produce a total of 700,000 plants per year. Add to this 9 mangrove restoration projects and 11 projects for the protection and restoration of Malagasy national parks.
Projects in Togo and Benin
The project, initiated in Togo by Graine de Vie and local associations, consists of sensitizing the 116 communes in the country to the protection and restoration of their forest resources by creating in each of them a nursery producing 10,000 trees each year for the population and by planting 5,000 additional trees using the semi-direct technique.
Pilot partnership projects in Cameroon
Commune of KIIKI – central region – 1.000 km2 – 10.500 inhab .
3 nurseries of 10.000 cash crop trees for the population (one in each canton)
Municipality of MBANDJOCK – central region – 859 km2 – 31.000 inhab – 10 villages.
Creation of a nursery of 10,000 trees mainly for the initial reforestation of the interior of the commune (squares, roadsides, schools, churches, etc…).
Municipality of MBOUDA – western region – high plateaux – 437 km2 – 140.000 inhab
Three nurseries of 10,000 to distribute seedlings to farmers and guarantee the quality of the avocados and the biodiversity of their plantations. These nurseries will include 20% avocado trees.
Commune of BATCHAM – western region – high plateaus – 212 km2 – 220.000 inhab.
Nursery of 10,000 trees to distribute seedlings to farmers and guarantee the quality of the avocados as well as the biodiversity of their plantations. These nurseries will include 20% avocado trees.
Commune of NJOMBE-PENJA– western region – 260 km2 – 110.000 inhab.
2 nurseries (one in Njombe and one in Penja) each producing 10,000 tree seedlings which will be distributed to the population (cash trees) and allocated to the Commune to embellish the two communes (ornamental trees).
Communes of Djoum and Mintom. Support project for the Pygmy villages of the South, training of one or more pygmies in the creation of small nurseries of a few hundred trees in the different villages to enable these populations to replant near their villages, on the one hand, the cash trees they need for their survival and, on the other hand, the trees important for their culture and their pharmacopoeia.
Project to develop our direct seeding planting technique in partnership with IRAD (Cameroonian Institute of Agricultural Research for Development).
Its 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.
COMPENSATE YOUR ECOLOGICAL PRINT FOR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE
Plant a forest !
10.000 trees are needed to compensate 1000 tons of CO2 emissions for a total cost of 2.500,-€ which is 20,-€ per month for 125 months to compensate your ecological footprint for YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. The average cost for Grainedevie for planting a tree is 0,25 €
Latest news about our projects
Restoration day at the mangrove of the marine park of Nosy-Hara. Already 110.000 mangrove plants transplanted since 5 years by the women of the village in difficult conditions because of the mud.
A small summary of Grainedevie’s actions in Cameroon. Here you can see the tree nurseries(4) in CAMEROON in December 2020.
-1 Mbandjock department of haute sanaga
-1 kiiki department of Mbam inoubou.
-1 mbouda department of Bamboutos.
-1 Batcham Bamboutos department.
And the adventure continues.
Reforestation plot, a collaboration between Grainedevie and the army in Andohazompona,
with young plants coming from the Amber Mountain.
From December to this day, the number of transplants is
12 468, including 6 species of cash trees (Hintsina, Mandrorofo, Aramy, Mango, Papaya, Corrosol).
Distribution of two million seeds to the 61 villages of the Amoron’i Mania region for our direct seeding plantations.
A technique developed by Graine de Vie that consists of selecting, preparing, and then planting seeds directly into the soil.
Planting of 15,000 trees on Mount Passot which supplies fresh water to Nosy Be, Madagascar’s tourist showcase.
Beginning of the rainy season in Madagascar.
All our teams prepare to plant more than FIVE MILLION trees from our 222 nurseries.
Graine de Vie has been developing for 5 years a direct seeding tree planting technique which consists of selecting, treating and planting seeds directly into the soil and we are making great progress.
Here are tree seedlings of several species whose seeds were planted last April near Manakara (south-east of Madagascar) with a success rate of more than 60%.
This technique allows us to envisage the planting of several tens of millions of trees each year.
Graine de Vie started a reforestation project in Cameroon
To reduce the carbon footprint linked to the operation of its infrastructures, the Liège airport authorities are financing a program for reforestation of the Analamerana reserve in north-eastern Madagascar with the creation of tree nurseries in the villages surrounding the reserve and the planting of 120,000 trees each year. Two new nurseries were created this week.