This project grew from the roots of the iGiveTrees campaigns in 2012, after witnessing the challenges of rural Brazilian small landholders. There, environmental education is funded by agrochemical companies through international NGOs. People are taught to use the sponsor’s products and seeds, abandoning traditional practices in favor of the “more modern methods.”
Confronted yearly by droughts and floods due to extreme deforestation of the Atlantic Rainforest, their problems are compounded by the presence of GMO farms and eucalyptus plantations using toxic chemical herbicides, resulting in both the depletion and contamination of groundwater. This contributed to epic droughts in 2015, as well as grave illness in communities downstream.
After 8 years of research and relationship building, we are now focusing upon a few of the Global Warming solutions presented by Project Drawdown: Educating Women Smallholders in methods of Regenerative Agriculture, prioritizing Tropical Staple Tree Crops and Afforestation in urban settings.
This is done through both online and hands-on sessions. In 2017 we’ll sponsor the first training in the Miyawaki Method of Afforestation in the city of São Paulo. Participants will be given the tools they need to become more environmental entrepreneurs.
ECOfloresta’s mission is to create environmental education events, provide scholarships for women to learn organic regenerative agroforestry and afforestation, while supporting the growth of seed banks, organic propagation, planting and maintenance of native species staple food trees.
- to build tree nurseries in project areas
- to give native species trees to smallholders for reforestation of their land
- to pay for organic field maintenance for two years
- to sponsor trainings in permaculture principles and the Miyawaki Method of afforestation
ECOfloresta / Organic Rainforests (EFOR) is a Fiscally Sponsored Project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. (ISI). ISI is a California Nonprofit 501(c) (3) Corporation Founded in 1978
US tax deductible contributions in support of this project are payable to: ISI/EFOR
Inquiring Systems Inc.
PO Box 2037
Sonoma, CA 9547
Our project is also proud to be listed with 1% for the Planet.