This is difficult to answer across the board - on the one hand, because different tree species bind different amounts of carbon and on the other hand, because trees bind different amounts of carbon at different stages of development..
In the first few years, the young trees initially only absorb relatively little CO2. But as soon as they grow in height, a lot of CO2 is absorbed. The amounts vary depending on the type of tree, light intensity, water and nutrient availability of the location, etc. The older trees get, the more biomass is created, but at the same time they also lose leaves and branches, and of course individual trees can also die, so that a certain amount CO2 is released again. Meanwhile, new trees grow back naturally, so that an equilibrium arises in the forest over the course of time and the biomass can be used to precisely determine how much CO2 is bound in the forest in total. The creation of permanent forests is always the goal of our projects.
The specification of the absorption capacity of a tree is therefore always only a rough average value. As a rule of thumb, it can be said that a tree absorbs an average of 22 kg of CO2 per year. For projects near the equator, e.g. Nicaragua, this value is higher, because the trees can grow all year round due to a year-round vegetation period and are not slowed down in their growth by the winter, as is the case in Germany.
Source: European Environmental Agency
The trees are in collaboration with our partners in Nepal and Madagascar planted.
Most of the plantations in Nepal are located near Pokhara. In Madagascar we are currently planting trees in two national parks, in which habitats can be secured for endangered animal species. Further plantations are located in northwest Madagascar, both on the coast and inland.
Since we try to keep the costs per tree as low as possible (and to be able to plant even more trees!), We do not offer geotracking of individual trees. Geotracking is very expensive due to the high administrative effort involved - and more trees can be planted with the same budget without geotracking.
Basically it is The benefits of a tree for offsetting CO2 and protecting the climate are given worldwideregardless of where emissions are caused and emitted.
There are several reasons we chose to do that Trees in Asia and Africa to plant. Because there we can at the same time more social, more ecological and more economical Achieve a lot:
1. The social lever is bigger here because, together with our partners, we attach great importance to the local social interests. In this way, the local communities are given the opportunity for training and further education. In addition, the cultural traditions and needs of the local communities are strictly taken into account.
2. Also the ecological lever is significantly larger, as many more trees can be planted with the same budget due to lower wages and costs for the afforestation areas.
3. Finally we can with the economic leverage Achieve more: Together with our partners, we plant trees where poverty is very high, so that the local communities can be strengthened through long-term employment and income opportunities. In this way, a positive idea of “sustainability” can also find its way into countries where climate protection was often seen as a brake on development.
These thoughts are based on that Three-pillar model of sustainable development, which is based on the idea that sustainable development can only be achieved through the simultaneous and equal implementation of environmental, economic and social goals.
We have the mission to make it possible for you to plant trees very easily and for a fair price - this is the only way we see to make a maximum contribution to fight climate change together.
For this reason, we currently do not offer inspection options on site, tree photos or the personalization of single trees. In order to keep the costs per tree as low as possible for you, we try to keep the whole process, from choosing your tree bundle to planting the trees on site as lean as possible.