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Growing trees with farmers in Argentina

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    • Misiones, Argentina
    • Leestijd: 5 min
Tree planting experts walking through conserved forest

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At a glance

Misiones, Argentina, boasts the largest surviving portion of the Interior Atlantic Forest. Within this region resides one of the most substantial groups of jaguars, tallying approximately 90 individuals. Nevertheless, about half of the original forest remains vulnerable, situated amidst a blend of plantations and grazing areas.

The projects’ restoration efforts in this area aim to revolutionize the existing agricultural paradigm. This initiative involves collaborating with 49 small-scale farmers to convert farmlands into forested areas, thereby linking the Yabotí Biosphere Reserve with the Piñalito and Cruce Caballero Provincial Parks. This transformation will facilitate the rejuvenation of the landscape, creating essential patches of forest.

Carbon impact

Human agricultural expansion has led to the destruction of approximately one third of the world's forests, an area equivalent to twice the size of the United States. The urgency for targeted action is evident, especially when considering that only 10 countries are custodians of 70% of the remaining global forests.

As we envision a future focused on nurturing nature, businesses are becoming more aware of the opportunities for combating climate change through landscape restoration. Restoring landscapes, particularly through nature-based solutions like reforestation, holds immense potential, capable of delivering up to one third of the necessary reductions in carbon emissions essential for achieving global emission targets. These approaches represent some of the most effective remedies available against human-caused emissions.

The augmentation of tree canopy coverage plays a pivotal role in providing the planet with the necessary tools to manage the carbon dioxide discharged into the atmosphere due to human activities. This significance is particularly pronounced in tropical regions, where canopy cover can potentially reach 100%.

Co-benefits

This projects aims to illustrate the potential of involving smallholder farmers in the restoration and safeguarding of forests. Through well-irrigated agroforestry plots, farmers stand to enhance their incomes by cultivating yerba mate in a more sustainable manner. Simultaneously, this approach will facilitate connectivity between protected zones and promote movement for species like the jaguar.

Within this community, families have grappled with numerous challenges related to drought. Typically, farmers possess natural springs, yet they lack efficient means to channel water to their crops. Often, their pumps are exposed to the elements or submerged in mud. The project seeks to assist participating farmers in enhancing their water supply and infrastructure. Initially, a robust structure made from bricks and gravel is constructed to ensure cleaner water, protected by a lid. Subsequently, pipelines and water storage tanks are installed. This water serves both household needs and irrigation purposes for their land.

Each farmer involved in the project commits to allocating 4 hectares of their property to restoration efforts, converting these areas back into forest cover. In exchange, they receive necessary materials and training in restoration and agroforestry techniques. Furthermore, they are supported in their chosen livelihood activities such as horticulture or livestock rearing, alongside improvements in water access and infrastructure.

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WeForest

This project is run by WeForest, a non-profit organization that was established in in 2010. WeForest’s mission is to create a world where communities and nature sustainably thrive together to stop global warming in our lifetime. WeForest works towards this goal by conserving and restoring the ecological integrity of forest. Their goal is to reach over 100 million trees – equivalent to around 85.000 hectares – restored or conserved by the end of 2024, thereby making a significant contribution to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Through well-irrigated agroforestry plots, farmers stand to enhance their incomes by cultivating yerba mate in a more sustainable manner.
Farmers are supported in their chosen livelihood activities such as horticulture or livestock rearing.
A robust structure made from bricks and gravel is constructed to ensure cleaner water.
Farmers receive necessary materials and training in restoration and agroforestry techniques.
This project converts farmlands into forested areas, thereby linking the Yabotí Biosphere Reserve with the Piñalito and Cruce Caballero Provincial Parks.
The approach will facilitate connectivity between protected zones and promote movement for species like the jaguar.

Kom vandaag nog in actie met Regreener

Foto van teamgenoot Boris Bekkering

Boris Bekkering Head of Climate Impact