ECOfloresta’s iGiveTrees project began in 2009 after witnessing the challenges of rural Brazilian smallholders. There, environmental education is mainly funded by agrochemical companies through international NGOs. People are taught to use the sponsor’s products and seeds, abandoning traditional practices in favor of “progress.”
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.
In 2010 we began crowdfunding to buy organically grown native species trees that were then given to smallholders for their reforestation needs. By 2016 a total of 6,000 trees had been planted, and maintained in the field, due to our outreach. Many of the trees were sponsored by creative young people in both the USA and Brazil.
In 2016 our project was recognized as one of 100 Projects for the Climate, citizen initiatives that act to mitigate the effects of global warming, by the French Ministry of Environment. We were invited to participate in COP22 to begin the process of scaling our reach.
We then recognized that our project encompassed 4 of the top 30 Global Warming solutions researched by Project Drawdown: regeneration of Tropical Forests, planting Tropical Staple Tree Crops, encouraging Multistrata Agroforestry in rural settings, and Afforestation in urban settings.
In 2017 we’ll offer the first training in the Miyawaki Method of afforestation in the city of São Paulo, in collaboration with Afforestt. Participants will be given the tools they need to become environmental entrepreneurs.
ECOfloresta’s mission is to create organic environmental education events, while supporting the growth of seed banks, propagation, planting and maintenance of tropical staple food trees.
- to build tree nurseries in project areas
- to give native species trees to local projects
- to support organic tree maintenance for two years
- to sponsor trainings in Multistrata Agroforestry and the Miyawaki Method
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 can be made in any amount via our fiscal sponsor, Inquiring Systems Inc.
Please consider supporting ECOfloresta by making a donation!
You can make checks payable to ISI with “ISI/EFOR” included in the memo.
Send checks to: Inquiring Systems Inc., PO Box 2037, Sonoma, CA 9547
Our project is also proud to be listed with 1% for the Planet.