This project is dedicated to the reforestation of wind-ravaged areas in the Eastern Carpathians, a mountainous region in Transylvania, Romania. The areas have been converted into spruce monocultures for agricultural reasons, but these are susceptible to extreme weather events due to their superficial roots. This area is therefore to be replaced by a natural mixture of spruce, beech and pine, which will promote biodiversity and make the trees more resistant. This will also enable increased absorption of CO2. The project also has a social impact. The local community is actively involved in the planting and maintenance measures, which creates local jobs. In addition, this project enables pupils and students to receive practical training and further education in the field of forestry under the guidance of the local community.

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Africa has the world's second largest tropical forest, the Congo Basin rainforest, and is home to 17 percent of the planet's forest cover. Unfortunately, Africa is threatened by deforestation at four times the global rate, which not only puts the livelihoods of local communities at risk, but also impacts the planet as a whole.

The African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR) aims to restore 100 million hectares (AFR100) of deforested land in Africa by 2030. However, it's not just about reforestation. The project will also create jobs to reduce poverty in local communities. For example, fruit trees are planted, which helps feed impoverished families. 

In addition, the aim is to join forces to improve resilience to climate change and mitigate climate change. Planting trees, for example, helps to minimize the impact of increasingly violent storms. During the month of December, NIKIN is funding one Tree per product sold as part of AFR100. Our trees will move into their new sphere of action in the Burundi area.

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Shakti Reforestation Ltd. is working with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. to replant the area burned by the McMillan Complex forest fire in 2019 with seedlings. The reforestation project complies with all applicable federal and provincial laws, particularly those related to public lands, water, forests and forestry, Indigenous consultation, and worker health and safety. A total of 500 trees of two tree species will be planted in this small exploratory project, which will serve as a test of Shakti's collaboration with APFI as well as a suitability test of the land to be planted.

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The Polylepis forests in South America are a vital part of the Andean and Amazonian water and ecosystems. The Acción Andina initiative aims to protect and reforest these forests. The area covers one million hectares of land in the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The project thus contributes to combating climate change, increasing land and food security, and protecting endangered species. The initiative also benefits the indigenous population. They are heavily dependent on the forests, which are their livelihood. Another goal is to protect the forest at the community and government level and to confront parties that are pushing for the deforestation of the Polylepis forests.

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Reforestation in the Sierras Grandes de Córdoba - Argentina This project reforests areas that were previously severely damaged by livestock farming and fires. The reforestation is intended to make the soil more resistant, restore habitats for flora and fauna and increase the amount of water in the surrounding rivers. The planted Polylepis trees are considered to be particularly fire-resistant and moisture-promoting, creating evergreen areas. This greening of stony and dry soils also binds CO2 and lowers the local temperature. Five project groups The project involves various project groups that work in stages. First, suitable areas are identified, around which a second group then builds cattle fences to protect the future seedlings and the general flora. Polylepis seeds are then collected and grown in the nursery before the next group plants them. The fifth group is responsible for the regular monitoring of the cattle fences and the scientific measurement of their impact. Benefits for the community The local communities are heavily involved in the reforestation process. The five working groups create jobs in different areas of expertise, enabling the involvement of community members with different interests and work experience. In addition, this project promotes the economic attractiveness of the Pampa de Achala region.

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Protecting and reforesting forest ecosystems in the Andes 

Acción Andina is a project that focuses on the protection and restoration of high-altitude and inaccessible forest ecosystems in the Andes. This includes measures to protect native forests, reforestation projects and targeted capacity and leadership development to strengthen local conservation efforts. The project is divided into several smaller projects, each involving the identification of reforestation sites, collaboration with local communities, the establishment and management of tree nurseries, training and community tree planting activities. 

Social and ecological focus of the project The Acción Andina project works closely with local communities. Local social structures, cultural spaces and values as well as political organizations are respected and included in the planning of the sub-projects. The local communities, often including indigenous groups, are consulted at the planning stage to ensure that the project is sustainable and functional in the long term. This also creates jobs from which the local communities benefit directly.  

Ecologically, attention is also paid to local conditions, with only native tree species being planted. When selecting sites, a special focus is placed on areas where Polylepis trees grow. Polylepis forests play a central role in preserving regional biodiversity as water sources and as catalysts for carbon-rich soils. 

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As promised, we also plant a Tree for each co-owner of NIKIN - in Denmark.

This project will establish multifunctional forests on marginal farmland in West Jutland, which will be permanently protected by the Danish Forest Act. The forests increase carbon uptake, protect groundwater and store nitrogen, which reduces eutrophication - the accumulation of nutrients - of wetlands in the area.

It also promotes biodiversity by creating a sanctuary for the endangered dormouse and habitat for birds and insects.

The local population benefits from numerous recreational opportunities offered by the forest area, as well as from the "School in the Forest" initiative, which is an important educational element.

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This project in Australia focuses on helping with bushfires and reforestation of burned forests. The project is divided into many smaller initiatives, which are spread all over Australia. In total, up to one million new trees are to be planted, both on private and public land. The livelihood of animals, the establishment of tree nurseries as well as the general support of the affected communities are the main focus of the project. Particularly endangered species such as the koala and brown-headed kakdu are already prioritized in the planning of new habitat. The communities are also to be empowered to carry out future reforestation on their own.

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This project in Australia focuses on helping with bushfires and reforestation of burned forests. The project is divided into many smaller initiatives, which are spread all over Australia. In total, up to one million new trees are to be planted, both on private and public land. The livelihood of animals, the establishment of tree nurseries as well as the general support of the affected communities are the main focus of the project. Particularly endangered species such as the koala and brown-headed kakdu are already prioritized in the planning of new habitat. The communities are also to be empowered to carry out future reforestation on their own.

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Our partner One Tree Planted is working with Project Platypus in Australia to re-vegetate the largely cleared landscape between the Grampians National Park and the Pyrenees. Due to extensive agriculture, the two areas mentioned are no longer connected by natural forests. Connecting the two areas through newly planted trees will restore the natural flow of species and genetic material in western Victoria. The trees will be planted mainly by local volunteers and in collaboration with local landowners. The goal is to provide a healthy habitat for all species as well as educate the community on why revegetation is so important to the sustainability of the agricultural landscape.

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The southwest of Western Australia is one of the biggest hotspots for biodiversity. No other place in the world has so many different plant species within one region. In addition, many of these species date back to prehistoric times, as there have been no glaciers in this region for 250 million years and thus the survival of the species is uninterrupted.

However, parts of the area have been cleared for large-scale agriculture in recent decades. Now, new seedlings are to be planted both mechanically and by hand. This is intended to reconnect the different vegetation areas, promote animal circulation in the area and also preserve biodiversity.

Both the local inhabitants and the indigenous people (called Noongar) are involved in the project. The initiative is part of a larger effort, which is also supported by the UN.

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Mangroves are trees and shrubs that grow in saltwater ecosystems of tropical and subtropical coastal areas. They form an important ecological niche, acting as a transition between sea and land and providing habitat for many animals and plants. Mangrove forests play a critical role in protecting coastlines from erosion, tsunamis, and storms. They also serve as carbon sinks, as they store large amounts of carbon in their biomass. 

In the southwestern part of Bangladesh lies the largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sundarbans. Due to climate change, the mangrove ecosystems are highly endangered. To counteract this, we are actively implementing mangrove planting with our partner One Tree Planted, the organization BEDS and coastal communities. The project will protect coastal communities from natural disasters and increase mangrove coverage. 

This means that we will plant mangroves in the coastal belt to strengthen the dike and create new livelihoods for coastal residents. The project follows the nine steps for Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) to create long-term benefits for local communities. Our tree planting project in May provides an opportunity to preserve the largest mangrove ecosystem in the world. 

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On May 1, 2023 we will release our first major shoe collection in collaboration with Ochsner Shoes. With the purchase of the NIKIN shoe models you support the tree planting project of My Forest Armenia. Due to the intensive grazing in the Lori region, north of the Bazum Mountains, the tree population has been extremely reduced in recent years. Now, on the one hand, non-forested areas are to be reforested and, on the other hand, weakly forested areas are to be supported in their natural regeneration processes.  

The work is done manually, as the slope is too steep for machines. The goal is to create permanent forests with a high seedling survival rate. Through the project, we also create jobs for local people, which supports the local economy and raises awareness among local people.  

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This project in Bhutan focuses on planting valuable fruit trees. More than 100,000 of them are to be planted mainly in the eastern and central regions of Bhutan. These parts of the country, with a population of about 771,000, are increasingly home to the poorer sections of the population. The focus of the project is to reforest these regions and make the land usable. This should increase the agricultural productivity of the land and relieve the pressure on existing forests. It can also promote clean drinking water and food security.

The following types of trees are planted: mango, avocado, apple, pear, peach, plum, cherry, hazelnut, walnut and chestnut trees. Each of the trees has a total of 7.5 metres by 7.5 metres to itself. In the end, there will be a total of 187 trees on one hectare of land.

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Your Tree was planted for a special project of BOS Switzerland. Since the founding of BOS Switzerland in 2004, the association has been committed to protecting the last Bornean orangutans and preserving their habitat. With your Tree you support the One-Tree-One-Life-Campaign 2021, which enables the reforestation of rainforests in Indonesia, which is important for the world climate.

With an annual deforestation of 1.3 million hectares of Indonesian rainforest, the region has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. The project counteracts this high rate and secures important habitat for orangutans and other endangered species. BOS Switzerland runs the project together with volunteers and staff. The aim is also not "just" to reforest, but to protect existing forest areas in the long term.

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The Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor starts at the source of the Araguaia River in Emas National Park and goes over 2600km to Belem in northern Brazil, where the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The project for the corridor has a clear goal: to plant as many indigenous trees as possible. Out of 10.4 million hectares of land, 2 million hectares are to be reforested and 2.4 trillion trees planted. The area includes two of the largest ecosystems in the world: the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savannas.

NIKIN's partner One Tree Planted is involved in the huge project, which incidentally supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (https://sdgs.un.org/goals), with two tree nurseries. To guarantee a sustainable implementation, the project takes place in cooperation with private local landowners.

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In 2017, large areas around the town of Williams Lake in western Canada in the province of British Columbia were victims of the Hancewille wildfires. NIKIN's partner One Tree Planted is involved in both the Elephant Hill Fire Restoration and the Hanceville Fire Restoration. In total, over 100,000 trees have been planted. The area of the reforestation is partly part of the indigenous people's land. Therefore, the Yunesit'in First Nation (http://www.yunesitin.ca/) are heavily involved in the project. Not only in the reforestation on site, but also in issues such as land management. The project initiators also hope that the reforestation will counteract climate change and thus provide the region with more habitat for wildlife again.

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The Hanceville forest fires of 2017 destroyed about 240,000 hectares of land. Part of this area will be able to regenerate itself. However, land on which Douglas fir forests stood before the fire will be additionally reforested.

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This reforestation in British Columbia focuses on areas of old-growth forest that were destroyed by the Plateau Fire in 2017. These old-growth forests, known as OGMAs, are natural forests with no forestry. The 2017 Plateau Fire was the largest wildfire in British Columbia's history, burning 545,151 hectares of forest.

One Tree Planted, together with the regional Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Committee, has defined zones where the project will support the natural rehabilitation of the forest with afforestation. This is particularly important as the region's spruce and Douglas fir forests depend on living tree seeds for reproduction.

Without the additional aid, the natural regeneration of the forest would take up to 40 years. Both fauna and local indigenous community and farmers benefit from the project.

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This reforestation in British Columbia focuses on areas of old-growth forest that were destroyed by the Plateau Fire in 2017. These old-growth forests, known as OGMAs, are natural forests with no forestry. The 2017 Plateau Fire was the largest wildfire in British Columbia's history, burning 545,151 hectares of forest.

One Tree Planted, together with the regional Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Committee, has defined zones where the project will support the natural rehabilitation of the forest with afforestation. This is particularly important as the region's spruce and Douglas fir forests depend on living tree seeds for reproduction.

Without the additional aid, the natural regeneration of the forest would take up to 40 years. Both fauna and local indigenous community and farmers benefit from the project.

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This reforestation in British Columbia focuses on areas of old-growth forest that were destroyed by the Plateau Fire in 2017. These old-growth forests, known as OGMAs, are natural forests with no forestry. The 2017 Plateau Fire was the largest wildfire in British Columbia's history, burning 545,151 hectares of forest.

One Tree Planted, together with the regional Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Committee, has defined zones where the project will support the natural rehabilitation of the forest with afforestation. This is particularly important as the region's spruce and Douglas fir forests depend on living tree seeds for reproduction.

Without the additional aid, the natural regeneration of the forest would take up to 40 years. Both fauna and local indigenous community and farmers benefit from the project.

Yunesit'in is an aboriginal reserve in the Chilcotin Region of British Columbia in Canada. The area is repeatedly exposed to forest fires. This was also the case in 2017, when a large part of the forests, which also served as fire protection for the local inhabitants, was destroyed. Now, 107,480 aspen trees are to be planted to reforest the region. The new forest is also supposed to be more climate-resistant than its predecessor.

In addition to providing protection from forest fires, the trees will also enhance the reserve's biodiversity, improve habitat for resident wildlife and help recycle CO2. One Tree Plantet is organising the project with the Yunesit'in government, the Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Employment Centre (CCATEC), the BC Wildfire Service and the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Mostly local volunteers are trained for the planting.

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Discover our new tree planting project in British Columbia! After the devastating Plateau Fire of 2017, this month we will ensure that new seedlings thrive on the deforested areas. 

The tree planting project in British Columbia aims to restore forest biodiversity that was severely impacted by the 2017 wildfire by planting annual seedlings. 

The plantations are supported by local communities and, thanks to newly created habitats, are of great importance for both wildlife and the local economy. 

The tree plantations create jobs for the local people, and the project provides a sustainable and long-term income, as it requires regular monitoring and maintenance work in the coming years. In addition, the local population is motivated to take care of nature and sensitized to the issue of environmental protection. 

Our tree planting partner, One Tree Planted, has produced a documentary that takes a closer look at reforestation in British Columbia, "Keep Cool: Fortifying British Columbia." You can find the trailer here: Keep Cool: Fortifying British Columbia - Official Trailer | One Tree Planted

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The province of British Columbia, Canada, was ravaged by devastating wildfires during the summers of 2017, 2018 and 2021. The fires devastated over 1.3 million hectares of land and completely killed the forests. The habitats and food sources of local wildlife were severely impacted and indigenous communities lost their traditional hunting grounds and food sources, threatening their way of life. In collaboration with planting partner Zanzibar, we are reforesting an area of 5 hectares with different tree species so that local communities can rebuild their livelihoods and future.

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Choco in Colombia has one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Over 8000 plant species and 600 bird species are found in the region. In the 2000s, 60% of the forests were lost due to deforestation and mining activities. The project in Colombia aims to reforest 100 hectares of land, create new habitat for wildlife, and improve water, land and air quality. In the future, the forests will filter 15,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. In addition to local trees, fruit trees and plants for medicine will also be planted. The poor sections of the population are to benefit directly from these. 50 women will be trained as independent entrepreneurs to sell the fruits and plants on the local markets.

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In April 2023, NIKIN is supporting the Colorado project with 9,000 trees to advance the regeneration of the Rio Grande National Forest. 

In the mid-2000s, the Rio Grande National Forest was attacked by the spruce bark beetle, which killed more than 98 percent of the forest's Engelmann spruce. Fueled by prolonged droughts, the effects on the ecosystem were catastrophic and many wildlife species, such as the Canada lynx, lost their habitat.

In addition, in 2013, an area of approximately 79,615 acres in the Rio Grande National Forest was the victim of a wildfire. This was the largest fire in the history of the high elevation Spruce Fir forests in Colorado. 

To accelerate regeneration, a total of 55,500 trees will be planted in Mineral County of Rocky Mountain in 2023, 9,000 of which will be funded through NIKIN . 

This is to protect the area from flooding and bring back habitats for wildlife and plants. 

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In this project, multifunctional forests are established on marginal farmland on the West Jutland peninsula. The new forest areas are permanently protected by the Danish Forest Act. The new forests will increase carbon uptake in the area and protect groundwater. Likewise, reforestation can retain nitrogen to reduce nutrient enrichment of wetlands in the region. Species protection is provided by creating a sanctuary for the endangered dormouse. next afforestation allows more habitat for many bird and insect species. Local residents are expected to benefit from the project through the many recreational opportunities as well as the "School in the Forest" initiative, which will be an essential educational element.

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The goal of this project is to revitalize deforested land in the Dominican Republic where, with our partner One Tree Planted, we aim to help plant and care for 1,275,000 trees.

Within the framework of the holistic "Plant With Purpose" approach, the restoration of the forest also aims to achieve sociological improvements. For example, many local farmers are to be involved in the project in order to raise awareness for the environment. As poverty decreases, competition for resources (such as land and fuel) diminishes, and communities come together in peace and reconciliation to improve and preserve the environment in their watersheds.

Reforestation through agroforestry is critical to restoring ecosystems, improving livelihoods, and promoting environmental stewardship. In the Dominican Republic, three different types of plots are used for reforestation: Forestry, Agroforestry for shade coffee, and Agroforestry for multi-story cacao. Farmers* choose which concept to apply on their land depending on the ecosystem and market demand. The seedlings are raised in nurseries located on the farmers' plots.

The local team has developed a three-pillar approach to restoration that leads to ecological regeneration, economic empowerment and spiritual renewal. This enables farmers to live and work in a way that protects their land as a byproduct of their values, rather than being imposed from above.

The key is that caring for the environment and the well-being of the community becomes an integral value for Plant With Purpose participants and their networks. For example, the program teaches the following tree care and maintenance techniques: tree seed collection and treatment, nursery establishment and management, tree planting techniques, grafting, pruning, and more. Tree species and locations are selected by community members and small farmers based on their needs and preferences. As a result, the farmers are highly motivated to think long-term and care for the trees over time.

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Networking of the forests around Brussels

As part of our collaboration with the Aarau brewery "Stadtwächter", we plant one Tree for every 6-pack of "Forest Ales" sold. Together with local volunteers and One Tree Planted, we support a reforestation project in Brussels' "Green Belt". The project removes barriers to community participation in reforestation, provides expert support and promotes active citizen participation in environmental goals.

Ecological benefits

The project aims to create natural bridges between existing forests that serve to promote species exchange between nature reserves. It also enhances existing forests by introducing new species. Targeted reforestation supports natural regeneration, creating sustainable forests. In the choice of tree species planted, the focus is on climate-resistant species that contribute to biodiversity and forest quality.

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This project is the first large-scale climate forest ever planted in Germany. It is to be created around 40 kilometers from Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia. More than 20 different tree species that are particularly climate-resistant are to be planted for the Life Terra climate forest. The trees come from Spain and local German tree nurseries. Each individual tree will be located and recorded on a map. Visitors will have access to detailed information as well as to the financial backers. A tour for interested parties will also be created. The project will be realized in cooperation with Life Terra (https://lifeterra.eu/de/about-the-project/). In 2021, two tree planting events with the local population are planned.

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The project in the Ostattika region near Athens aims to combat the effects of severe forest fires since 2018. The loss of wild ecosystems is to be compensated for by planting native tree species and shrubs. The project covers several locations and includes 40,000 trees, including cypresses, carob trees, laurels and Judas trees. The ecological benefit lies in the creation of habitats for animals such as foxes, rabbits and eagles as well as the absorption of around 880,000 kg of CO2. In addition, animals that had to retreat to inhabited areas due to the loss of their habitats can once again live in their natural habitat. The community also benefits from this project: the re-vegetation improves the air quality and increases the aesthetic value of the region.

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Restoring ecological diversity

Honduras suffers from one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, which has significant impacts such as water scarcity, soil loss and flooding. To tackle this challenge, we are planting seedlings on 4,000 hectares of land together with One Tree Planted. This reforestation is intended not only to restore ecological diversity in the affected regions, but also to strengthen the local economy. This is supported by planting high-quality wood species and agricultural goods such as coffee and cocoa.

Learning together with the community

Together with One Tree Planted, we not only want to help nature, but also strengthen the community. This includes involving the local population in the project and indirectly promoting regional food security. In addition, environmental education initiatives are to be implemented, particularly for children and young people. After all, raising awareness among all generations is key to sustainably improving and protecting the ecological environment.

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The "Dragon's Nest" is a farm property with 170 hectares of former farmland that is now to be reforested. The main goals are carbon sequestration, also called carbon capture, and soil conservation. The reforestation will consist of different tree species and promote biodiversity. Thus, the forest will be home to fungi, soil organisms, birds and other animal species. The planned vegetation will also be able to better distribute fresh water, benefiting insects, crustaceans, and fish. Gaps will be left in the reforestation to allow enough light for soil plants as well. In the longer term future there is the possibility to establish a timber production. Other jobs such as tree planting will be given to local workers. The local population from the village of Breiðdalsvík can freely enter the area.

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In this tree planting project, 60,000 trees are planted near the village of Skagaströnd in Iceland. The area on Seer Hill of around 115 hectares of land was previously cleared. Already, Alaskan lupines (which are native legumes) have established themselves on the area. This definitely has ecological advantages for the soil, but this plant species can also spread too much.

Now the trees are to increase the biodiversity of the region and protect against soil erosion. In the future, the mature trees will also provide protection for the village from snow gusts. When choosing the trees, the project management restricted itself to native trees that can withstand the seasons well. Once they are fully grown and offer sufficient protection, other weather-sensitive tree species can be added.

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In this project, 900,000 fruit trees have been planted in India since 2020. More specifically, in the areas of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and West Bengal. In addition, 100,000 mangrove seedlings will be scattered in the Sundarbans. The aim is to support local smallholders and provide them with a secure livelihood. Within three years from the start of the project, a Tree generates an average of $10 more per year for a family. While this may not sound like much by Western standards, this additional income does a lot for families in India. While the smallholders thus have more food security and income, the fruit trees also absorb up to 2500 tons of CO2 from the air, conserve water and protect against soil erosion.

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One Tree Planted has been planting fruit trees in India with local partners for 5 years. More than 1.5 million trees have already been planted, contributing to an additional income for marginalised farmers and facilitating access to food in inhospitable areas. True to the motto "Fruit trees change lives".

In 2021, two more nurseries will be added and another 1.5 million fruit trees will be planted. The tree nurseries will be built in the local communities and create new jobs there. For the new jobs, marginalised groups of people such as widows and older women will be given priority. In this way, the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as gender equality can be promoted and achieved.

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Our current tree planting project supports marginalized Indian communities in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal that are facing acute famine. Under this project, around 2.5 million fruit trees will be planted for smallholder farmers, which will help create sustainable livelihoods and provide nutritious food to local families and communities. It will also improve incomes while combating pollution, conserving water and minimizing soil erosion.

Our tree planting partner One Tree Planted and their local partners have already planted over 3.5 million fruit trees across India since 2017. In addition, local nurseries have been established with One Tree Planted's help since 2021. Local nurseries have the advantage of reducing the transportation of seedlings and improving the quality of seedlings as they are adapted to local conditions. These nurseries employ local labor, which brings additional social benefits to the communities. This is because in three years after planting, each fruit tree will contribute to additional income and nutrition averaging US$10 per Tree per year, leading to a significant reduction in hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the villages and communities where these trees are planted.

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In five zones spread over 3 provinces, trees are planted in this project in Indonesia. The provinces are West Java, Banten and Lampung. The initiative is intended to counteract the damage caused by deforestation and unsustainable agriculture. The reason for the deforestation is the increased global coffee consumption, which also leads to more coffee plantations in a large coffee producer like Indonesia.

In cooperation with Rainforest Alliance, environmentally conscious agriculture is to be established. At the heart of this are trees that provide sufficient shade and thus promote biodiversity. next the trees enable the coffee plant to thrive better. The farmers also benefit from this, as their yields increase and their income is boosted. A total of 500,000 tree seedlings are planted.

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This initiative is about both reforestation and sustainable forestry. The latter aims to show local farmers that more income can be generated through sustainable care of the trees and the land. This creates not only an ecological added value but also a financial one for the population.

For the reforestation, the organizers of the project plan to use different Tree- and plant species to grow a natural and self-protecting forest. 20,000 seedlings are to be planted, 73% of which will be normal trees and 28% fruit trees. The fruit trees will benefit the local wildlife, as they often find too little food during the hot season.

Afforestation is also intended to enhance the land, maintain water quality, reduce natural disasters (forest fires, floods) and promote biodiversity.

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Ireland has the lowest forest cover of all European countries, with a forest cover of only 11%. As part of the Ireland 2023 - Nationwide Community Tree Cover project, the aim is to increase the forest cover and plant 200,000 trees in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This will involve planting native tree species from certified Irish seed, creating diverse habitats and also supporting biodiversity.  

Particular focus is placed on involving local communities in the process of tree planting and care. This is intended to create more understanding and knowledge around the issue. The tree planting project also offers ecological benefits such as soil protection, water quality improvement, flood protection and air purification. 

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The coast of Kenya is one of the least developed regions in the country, making it dependent on mangrove ecosystems for jobs, livelihoods and food. In recent decades, coastal areas in southern Kenya have been urbanized at an unprecedented rate. The mangrove forests have been cleared and exploited for other uses. This project restores the mangrove forests in Kenya to empower the coastal community to break the cycle of poverty. The restored mangrove forests will also help stabilize coastlines and act as a natural barrier against tropical storms.

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Together with our partner One Tree Planted, we are planning the restoration of a forest in cooperation with the Vilnius municipality. Around 100 children from surrounding schools and kindergartens will be involved in this project. As a first step, they will learn more about the importance of forests and the consequences of climate change in child-friendly training sessions. 

In the second step, they receive seedlings and actively help with planting. Part of the children's task is to visit "their" trees regularly in the future. The planted trees will enrich the landscape, neutralize CO2, clean the air and reduce the effects of global warming. The planted area of the "Vilnius Forest of Children" project is monitored to ensure the best possible growth of the trees. In addition, recurring lessons for school children are planned.

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The goal is clear: 60 hectares of fallow land are to be reforested in Palizada, Mexico. This is equivalent to about two thirds of the city of Zurich. The area borders two reserves: Laguna de Terminos and Pantanos de Centla, which will one day be connected by the reforestation. All seedlings (1'100 per hectare) are grown in local tree nurseries. No chemicals are used. next each seedling is protected with a used PET bottle to avoid unnecessary waste.

Threatened animal species such as the jaguar, the spider monkey or the crocodile live in the region. The new forest should provide them with more protected habitat. In addition, 50 local families are currently employed for the project. Most of them have permanent jobs and wages above the local average. 

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"Tree by Tree" - this is our promise as well as the way we make a difference with NIKIN . Together with One Tree Planted and our community, we are committed to various tree planting projects. In March 2023, we will support the Nevado de Toluca area in Mexico. 

The project involves planting one million trees in the Nevado de Toluca area of Mexico, covering an area of 1,000 hectares at a density of 1,000 trees per hectare. Native tree species will be grown in local nurseries until they are strong enough for planting. The latter will be done by local people, who will be financially compensated for planting the trees.  

Modern reforestation methods will be used for seeding, which will reduce erosion, create habitats for wildlife, and reduce damage from potential forest fires. The project aims to achieve 80% tree survival and ultimately increase ecosystem resilience and improve soil and air quality. 

By involving the local population, the project also aims to provide economic support for the local community. Last but not least, the reforestation aims to restore access to water, as the loss of forest cover affects the retention of water that feeds the region.  

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Myanmar is located in Southeast Asia and is known for its rich culture and history. Here, NIKIN is working with our partner One Tree Planted to restore 200 hectares of former mangrove areas. Areas once damaged by salt exposure are to be revitalized - strengthened by innovative methods such as the "seedling" technique and sustainable "Regeneration Improvement Felling". 

Methodology and community integration 

Not only the ecosystem will be revitalized step by step. The community is also to be strongly involved in the project. At the same time, the project aims to promote biodiversity, improve water quality and create new job opportunities for local families. An integrative approach that focuses on both the environment and the community. 

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The WWF classifies the Acadian Forest in Canada as "critically endagered". This is the highest threat level that categorizes the extinction of a forest. The Arcadian Forest is considered an ideal forest to store CO2 and is less susceptible to Canadian wildfires due to its humid climate. Adjacent to this ecosystem is the Whaelghinbran Forest, which is part of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. The reforestation of the two forests has two different goals: on the one hand, the Acadian Forest as well as the animals and plants living there shall be protected and strengthened for climate change. On the other hand, the project initiators want to use the Whaelghinbran Forest for educational purposes. Thus, the forest is integrated into the forestry education of the University of New Brunswick and the Maritime College of Forest Technology as well as other schools.

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The goal of this initiative in New Zealand is the large-scale restoration of native forests. This should lead to less soil erosion, better fresh water quality and more biodiversity. Waingake has great value for the region's natural heritage and for the water supply of Gisborn City (https://www.gdc.govt.nz/council/major-projects/waingake-restoration). The newly reforested area will be annexed to an existing reserve, the Waingake Waterworks Bush, thus doubling its size. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Maori people and in accordance with their values and ways of life such as Mauri (life principle) and Te Mauri o te Ngāhere (improved forest life principle). next the use of the area will be expanded. For example, eco-tourism, honey production and plant medicine are to be established in Waingake.

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Endangered Southern Resident Orca make their home in the Pacific Ocean, swimming back and forth between northern California and the coasts of British Columbia in Canada as the seasons change. The orcas rely on local salmon for food. They get 80% of their nutritional needs from the fish. Reforestation of trees along the ocean as well as inland rivers and waters is intended to make the salmon habitat more attractive again and thus also improve the situation for the orcas. The orcas are the landmark of the region and have a great value for the First Nation living there.

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Endangered Southern Resident Orca make their home in the Pacific Ocean, swimming back and forth between northern California and the coasts of British Columbia in Canada as the seasons change. The orcas rely on local salmon for food. They get 80% of their nutritional needs from the fish. Reforestation of trees along the ocean as well as inland rivers and waters is intended to make the salmon habitat more attractive again and thus also improve the situation for the orcas. The orcas are the landmark of the region and have a great value for the First Nation living there.

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In August 2023, NIKIN is supporting a large-scale reforestation project in Panama. This involves the restoration of a section of land that has been degraded by overly dense cattle ranching. We are working with local communities to plant mixed forests of native tree species, manage them and monitor them over the coming years. Through this project, we are creating long-term employment opportunities for local people and improving their livelihoods. 

Power of the community  

The project not only helps to protect Panama's valuable biodiversity. The project also works closely with the Panamanian prison service to give inmates the opportunity to perform community service during their final year in prison. Through this initiative, we support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieve a positive impact on the environment as well as the local community. 

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