Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation project

“In the heart of Madagascar’s Antolojanahary village, where a once deforested landscape now stands as a testament to hope and resilience. 🌳 The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation supported this Reforestation Project led by Graine de Vie. In just three years, the landscape has undergone a magnificent metamorphosis, with 32,800 trees planted, 20,000 acacia seeds sown, and 84.33 hectares reforested.

Beyond the numerical impact lies a narrative of community commitment. The engagement of nearly 7,600 parents and students in Antolojanahary and neighboring villages signifies a community united for environmental preservation. This successful model stands as a potential blueprint, encouraging us to explore its application in other regions for a broader positive impact.”  Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

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Tour of Wako nursery in Madagascar

We’d like to share with you a virtual visit to tree nursery sponsored by our long-term supporter WAKO S.A.  The nursery is located in the commune Marovato – District Andapa – Région SAVA -Madagascar.  One of the nicest nurseries in the region produces 10,000 seedlings each year which are distributed free of charge to be replanted in the local private planting parcels and community reforestation zones.  Thank you Wako for your continuous support.

 

 

Mangrove Restoration in Madagascar

Our mangrove restoration efforts continue, and we often engage with partners to help us with the tedious manual work.   Many hands were needed recently to plant 5,000 propagules in the Diego mangrove (Madagascar).  Thank you to our partner Enelec for supporting our efforts and providing those helping hands.

And we took the opportunity to follow up on our previous restoration zones of the mangrove: results are magnificent, nature is regenerating fast. 💚🌳🌍

Giving Tuesday – 5 reasons to add trees to your CO2 reduction plan

Today is Giving Tuesday.  Every year this day it’s a powerful reminder that even the smallest act of kindness can make a significant impact. 💙 Let’s join hands and channel our collective energy towards creating positive change for the human race by donating to fight climate change.

 

Landscape restoration project in treeless village of Togo

Vo prefecture. Commune Vo 1, Akogoe village in Togo. 3 years ago, this entire village was treeless, the local community was greatly affected. With Graine de Vie’s landscape restoration project and collaboration of local stakeholders the situation changed rapidly.
👇The images of today.

Dry Forest and Graine de Vie sign an agreement

On October 16, Graine de Vie and Dry Forest signed a 3-year partnership agreement.  The agreement formalizes the close technical collaboration that has existed between the two reforestation NGOs since the creation of Dry Forest and its 3 tree-nurseries in 2020.

Graine de Vie supports Dry Forest by providing seeds, equipment, technical support in nursery management and a share of the remuneration of a tree-nurseryman per nursery.

Many thanks to Graine de Vie for its collaboration and support!

In pictures the signing of the agreement, and the recent visit of the Graine de Vie team to Dry Forest.

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Schools engagement in reforestation

“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future” said JFK. He couldn’t be more right and that’s why Graine de Vie’s  community engagement strategy includes young generation in Africa. Their inclusion in our reforestation efforts helps ensure the longevity of trees we plant to fight the effects of climate change.

For the seasonal reopening of the nursery in the rural commune of Mahavanona, in the DIANA region of Madagascar, teachers from CEG Mahavanona school and their students rallied up to help us achieve our goal of 10,000 seedlings in the nursery.

Mangrove restoration in Ambilobe District, DIANA region of Madagascar

We are thrilled to share news from our Madagascar team about a remarkable accomplishment of local community involved in mangrove forest protection.  Few years ago, Ankazomborona, a village located in the Ambilobe District, DIANA region Madagascar, engaged in a mangrove reforestation and protection project (785ha) with the support of WWF.  Today, during the 2-months shrimp season, the village supplies 10-14 tonnes of mangrove shrimp per day!!!

There is no question that forests and their biodiversity have many benefits to us all. Yet the direct impact they have on communities living around them is enormous.  Remote African communities rely heavily on forests for their source of sustenance for their families.  Partnering with these communities for forest protection is a win-win for us all: thanks to their active improvement the longevity of environmental projects is more secured.

 

 

Partnership with Ixina

We are very proud to be chosen by Ixina as their partner in the efforts to reduce their company’s impact on the environment.  Ixina’s long term commitment to help us to reforest Madagascar is exemplary.

 

Environmental Education in Madagascar

Our environmental education and awareness-raising activities continue. 375 6th and 5th grade students from CEG Sahavoay school in Mandritsara, SOFIA region, Madagascar, accompanied by 6 teachers and the Graine de Vie team, potted seedlings in The Barn Bio Market sponsored nursery. 7,000 pots were potted with the pupils active participation.

 

 

MNP and Graine de de Vie agreement signed

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.

Community plantation

Graine de Vie actions bear fruit – literally! 12 ha of private land in Madagascar (Sakaramy/Diego II) was reforested in 2019 and it continues to strive with cash crop and forest trees together. Every year this reforestation trees produce fruit for the parcel owner and sequester CO2 to help the planet. This is a perfect example of how our community development projects are improving livelihoods of thousands of people and empower them to restore and protect their natural environment

Benin Community Inclusion Testimonial

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.

Partner spotlight : POP MEDIA

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.

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Why Save Mangroves

Last week we celebrated International Mangrove Day with many Graine de Vie’s activities in our 14 mangrove projects. What is the importance of mangrove forests and how can you help to protect them?

 

Reforestation of private properties on Burkina Faso

The Graine de Vie Burkina Faso team carries on its reforestation activities on many private properties. It’s good to see that not only the local authorities but also private citizens of the country understand what’s at stake with nature-based solutions to climate change.

This child planted his tree 3 years ago

This child planted his tree 3 years ago at his home and this is what it looks like today. We are grateful to all children who get involved with our activities.
Sapling source: nursery site in Sambava region SAVA Madagascar.
Children are a cornerstone of our future – including the well being of our planet’s forest. That’s why we put a lot of emphasis on educating children about the value of forests. We give them tree saplings to plant, they care for them and then enjoy the grown trees.
#reforestation #carbonoffsets #climateaction

Celebrating the Earth Day 2023

Celebrating the Earth Day 2023 last Saturday Graine de Vie Madagascar – Region DIANA, proposed 3 mangrove restoration activities, with the help of our local Partners (ACD2 , DREDD DIANA , Chief FKT Marofady and a group of University Students:
1.     Cleaning the surrounding zones
2.     Awareness session about importance of forests
3.     Actual restoration of 1 ha of mangrove with planting 2000 propagules
#earthday2023 #mangroves #carbonoffset

Reforestation with direct seeding, it works !

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.

First Graine de Vie Tree nursery in Benin

First Graine de vie tree nursery has just been created in Benin in the capital Cotonou not far from the Abomey Calabi University.
4 days of activity from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th.
We put in fast-growing plants to reforest in June.
So far we have managed to plant 4000 of them. The Beninese association CEDV “Chaque Enfant à Droit à la Vie” will continue the work starting next week.

 

Direct seeding in the Bongolava region

Direct seeding in Bongolava region. On Monday, our local manager Voara reports that a team from Graine de vie from Tananarivo had gone to the Bongolava Region to carry out direct planting with the deputy and the villagers as well as two people from the army. We were able to plant 10,430 seeds on an area of 10 ha.

 

Forest fires and deforestation in Togo

In Togo we have about 25 tree nurseries currently active with 7 new ones coming soon while also creating awareness about forest fires and deforestation trough radio and local media.

From Gerard Dogo our local Graine de vie responsable

This morning on Radio Planète Plus. Theme: forest fires and deforestation.

 

This morning on Radio Planète Plus. Theme: forest fires and deforestation.

 

Reforesting, conservation and accounting for our work efforts

Reforesting, conservation and accounting for our work efforts is a big job as the sites are often in very remote and difficult to access zones. Our teams travel for days to reach them. The last trip (couple of weeks ago) took 3 days: 5-hour river crossing by motorized canoe before reaching the village of Antanandavahely. From there, 2,5 days walk on foot to reach Betsirebaka restoration plot in Masoala Park, Madagascar, where we planted on 50ha of degraded land. #conservation #reforestation #treeplanting #carbonfootprint

 

Direct seeding produces fast results

Reforestation with direct sowing in Madagascar produces very fast results – young seedlings are visible in just a few weeks after seeds were panted in the soil. And in no time they are ready to absorb CO2. With the help of indigenous people we sow direct millions of seeds every year.

#climatechange #planttrees @grainedevie #carboncapture

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Raising Environmental awareness

Environmental awareness raising is a part of our NGO’s charter. This includes activities in schools with active involvement of schoolchildren. Recently we delivered seminars in schools of Cotonou (Benin) about the protection of the environment and in particular protection of trees. #reforestation #environmentaleducation

 

Cameroon reforestation

Cameroon is quickly becoming a key area of reforestation activities for Graine de Vie. In only 6 months we already stablished 11 tree nurseries. This week we distributed cash crop seedlings to the local population so that they plant on their own tree lots: 7,000 seedlings in the Commune of Doumé (East region) and 21,000 seedlings in the Commune of Mbandjock (Central region). The species we distributed include: cocoa, citrus, non-timber forest products, acacia carabinia, safflower, nymier, wild mango, wild olives, badamiers, mango, jackfruit and more. #agroforestry #treeplanting #reforestation #carbonreduction

 

Direct seeding

Our #reforestation method of direct seeding in Madagascar has shown great success over the years. And because Madagascar has favorable climate conditions, the results are visible in only few months. Here we see young seedlings grown from direct seeding activity 5 months ago (February 2022) in the village of Antolojahary, one of the villages of Father Pedro. #planttrees #carbonoffsets

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400 tree nurseries

Since our inception in 2009 we created and maintain over 400 tree nurseries in 5 countries. All of them exist because they are created and maintained with full support of indigenous communities. They improve livelihood thousands of villagers: they provide jobs, produce food (fruit trees) and they become a focal center of local activities. #reforestation #fightinghunger #carbonoffset

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From seed to tree

From seed to tree – that’s what we do and it’s all 100% organic. So what is our source of seeds? We collect them straight from the local trees/plants, store them in specialized storage facilities (constructed by locals with all local materials) and before they are planted in nurseries or in situ we pre-treat them in a natural process. Graine de Vie owns the process from A to Z to ensure that all is done with respect of the local nature. #climatechange #carbonoffset #planttrees

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Youdo play Ltd.

Thank you Youdo-play our UK EcoPartner – for giving us the opportunity to share our story with your network. Youdo play has been our partner for a while now, compensating their business’ footprint by planting thousands of trees in Madagascar.

Local villagers planting trees in Madagascar

Burkina Faso educational seminars

In collaboration with the headmaster and school director of high schools in villages of Koro and Kotedougou, Burkina Faso, Graine de Vie delivered education seminars to pupils to raise their awareness of negative impact of bush fires on their living environment. Bush fires in the are often caused by children.
#carbonemissions #carbonfootprint #environmentaleducation

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First nursery in RDC

Graine de Vie inaugurated our first tree nursery in Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC). With the help of our Togo team, our newly established RDC team was trained to begin our reforestation activities in the vast regions in the country.
#climatecrisis #reforestation #carbonreduction

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Benin Sterculia foetida trees

Climate conditions in Benin are very favorable for tree growth, giving us an opportunity to sequester CO2 very quickly after sowing. Sterculia foetida trees which we planted only 2 years ago have grown several meters high and terminalia catapa’s trees planted 3 years ago are already producing fruit.
#reforestation #carbonfootprint #carboncapture

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Commune de KIIKI

For 5 days this month Graine de Vie Cameroon’s team, with help of local villagers, carried out intensive situ seeding of 20 hectares. The project includes reforestation of this 180-hectare reserve within the next 2 years.
#planttrees #carboncapture #carbonfootprintreduction

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VOHIMARINA

Our annual distribution season of young seedlings has began. Thousands of local villagers and associations line up at our nurseries to receive free plants to be replanted in their own plots and reforestation zones around their villagers. In VOHIMARINA : Commune AMBATOASANA Centre, Region ITASY (Madagascar) 10,000 seedlings were distributed. The tree species include: citriodora, accacia, jacaranda, ravitsara, moringa and coffee. #reforestation #treeplanting #carbonoffset

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Burkina Faso

Another country joins the ranks of our cause: Burkina Faso. Our new team on the ground just started few weeks ago and is already very much at work establishing our first nurseries on the Burkinabe soil. #reforestation #carbonfootprint #planttrees #grainedevie

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Reforestation of 40 hectares in Mahanoro Vatomandry

As part of the official opening of the national reforestation campaign in the eastern region of Madagascar, GrainedeVie has provided more than 80,000 seeds for the reforestation of 40 hectares in Mahanoro Vatomandry.
GrainedeVie, present in Madagascar since 2009, implements sustainable development projects in 19 regions of the island.
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Tree planting day in Togo

All our teams are hard at work distributing and helping the population to plant the 850,000 tree seedlings from our 25 nurseries

Graine de Vie visits Benin

We already deployed 6 tree nurseries producing 180.000 seedlings. In Benin we will launch several new projects with the help of the authorities and the local NGO CEDV.

First tree nurseries in Ghana

After Madagascar, Togo, Benin and Cameroon, here are our first tree nurseries in Ghana.
Grainedevie, reforestation integrated into local life.

Help us to distribute useful tree seedlings free of charge to all those villagers who see their environment disappear.