We are an NGO dedicated to protection, afforestation and reforestation
We started in 2009 and have projects in Madagascar, Togo, Benin, Cameroon and Ghana. 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 2020
We have offices in :
Belgium, France and Luxemburg.
Number of planted tree species.
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.
Mangrove restauration projects
On average one person produces 10 tons of C02 per year. The 35 million trees we planted compensate for the CO2 emissions of 17.500 people each year. (175.000 tons CO2/year).
Origin of donations :
Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Netherlands, Finland, Madagascar.
Number of reforestation sites.
Projects to restore and protect national parcs
Projects in Madagascar
Since 2009, creation of 500 reforestation sites. We also have 218 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
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 25 tree nurseries producing 10,000 trees each year for the population and by planting 5,000 additional trees using the semi-direct technique.
Projects in Benin
We started with the creation of 6 tree nurseries in collaboration with local organisations
Partnership projects in Cameroon
We started in November 2020 by visiting local city councils together with local organizations and created 2 tree nurseries in Mandjok and Kiki
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.
GRAINE DE VIE
Celebrated its 10th year of existence (2009-2019)
Latest news about our projects
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.
The Graine de vie philosophy is to do reforestation directly with the populations of the villages that draw resources from the forest. After Madagascar and Togo, we are planting our first trees in Benin where we plan to create 5 nurseries this year.
In addition to the environmental aspect, our activities have a significant social aspect because:
1)- half of the trees we plant are trees that produce food resources for the daily life of inhabitants (fruit
2)- Graine de Vie employs not only full time but also temporary day labourers providing financial means to thousands of people during different phases of plantation: from production to tree planting (nurseries, fence making, seed harvesting, terracing, potting, transplanting, transporting seedlings, digging wells, etc.).
3)- Graine de Vie raises awareness of hundreds of thousands of people about the need to protect and restore forests to ensure a better future for humanity.
It was Arbor Day yesterday in Togo.
Through these photos, beyond the gaze of these people happy to plant trees, don’t you see the image of a world that can change?
Distribution of 340.000 seedlings by Graine de vie Togo.
We decided to be actors in the fight against global warming by creating nurseries in African communities that want to protect and restore their forests.
The rainy season has just started in Togo and the population is mobilizing to plant the 340,000 tree seedlings produced in our 30 nurseries.
We have a nursery and an awareness and reforestation project in more than one out of every four communes in Togo. Help us to create an identical project in all the communes of the country and thereby demonstrate that it is possible for humanity to reverse the trend of the systematic destruction of our environment.
For a better, fairer and more beautiful world.
TIME TO PLANT
Tree nurseries were opened by our team this week in the region of Betsiboka between Tana and Majunga. We have a lot of requests for help and partnership in the fokontany. Some pictures of the new nurseries