Forest protection and restoration

NGO dedicated to forest protection and restoration in Africa

Creation of tree nurseries

We are a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) created as an NPO under Belgian and Luxembourg law, which aims to compensate for the ecological footprint of the inhabitants of our industrialized countries by planting trees in developing countries.
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 life of the people living in the reforestation areas.

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Graine de vie Time to Plant
Graine de vie Time to Plant

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.

Economical benefits

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

29.1 million trees planted since 2009

We have offices in :

Belgium, France and Luxemburg.

500

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.

29.100.000

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).

20.000

Number of children that we can raise awareness of every year.

6000 people/year

On average one person produces 10 tons of C02 per year. Our trees compensate for the CO2 emissions of 6000 people each year. (60.000 tons CO2/year).

Origin of donations :

Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Netherlands, Finland, Madagascar.

6

131

Number of planted tree species.

Graine de vie 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.

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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 €

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Latest news about our projects

Radio Planète Plus – Togo

Our local manager Gerard Doga in full action!

February 1, 2020. Kpalimé – Togo – New program this morning on Radio Planète Plus of the A.C.D, the Association Culture and Development. Program on the environment. The continuation of a series of programs on bushfires and poachers.

 

Mayors’ Meeting in Vohemar – 31 January 2020

Awareness raising and presentation of the Graine de vie Project programs in SAVA region

Mayors meeting in Vohemar district. Especially here, there is less presence of Graine de vie, hence the presentation by the Director of this NGO at the meeting of Mayors in Vohemar, this 31/01/20 . Gerard Poncet.

 

 

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.

 

Global reforestation potential

Article related to tree restoration and reforestation, source : http://science.sciencemag.org

Extract

Reforestation remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation.We mapped the global potential tree coverage to show that 4.4 billion hectares of canopy cover could exist under the current climate. Excluding existing trees and agricultural and urban areas, we found that there is room for an extra 0.9 billion hectares of canopy cover, which could store 205 gigatonnes of carbon in areas that would naturally support woodlands and forests.This highlights global tree restoration as our most effective climate change solution to date. However, climate change will alter this potential tree coverage.We estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory, the global potential canopy cover may shrink by ~223 million hectares by 2050, with the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics. Our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action.

 

Read this article in pdf format here

GRAINE DE VIE

Celebrates its 10th year of existence (2009-2019)

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QUOTE :

"We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors, We Borrow It from Our Children" - Attributed to the Audubon Society