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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE, SWEET LOVE

1st February 2017

A new way to say I love you and the planet this Valentine’s Day

Do you have someone you Love a Tonne?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This is a day that represents giving and receiving love and a chance to show your compassion and kindness to others.

Stand For Trees has the perfect way you can show your loved ones that you care about them AND the planet this Valentine’s Day!

By supporting a Stand For Trees Project in the name of your Valentine, you can protect critical habitats, support sustainable community development, and curb climate change to help build a better future for the ones you love. (It also goes great with fair trade chocolate & organic flowers!)

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But wait. Let me back up. What do I mean by a tonne?

I’m talking about a TONNE of carbon!

The term ‘tonne’ refers to a metric tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2). By protecting forests on the Stand For Trees platform, we are preventing millions of tonnes of CO2 from entering our atmosphere. (This is one of the major drivers of climate change, so it’s extremely important that we stop destroying forests and releasing CO2 into our atmosphere!!)

For instance, one single mature tree in the Congo rainforest emits as much as 18 tonnes of CO2 if it is cut down. So, when you purchase a Stand For Trees Certificate ($10 USD), you are offsetting one tonne of CO2 from entering earth’s atmosphere.

Why are forests being cut down in the first place? Great question.

There are three basic reasons that forests are being destroyed:

1. The number one driver of deforestation is a process called “slash and burn.” This is for either (a) commercial agriculture – forests being cleared to make room for livestock, so people can consume meat, for soy production, or for palm oil – which is found in many products we all consume – or from (b) subsistence farming – impoverished farmers destroying their environment because it is their only option to survive.

2. The second driver of deforestation is logging (this provides the world’s wood and paper products) followed by the “cascade effect” – which is what happens after the logging companies open the forests with bulldozers and put in roads; and then a second wave of destruction comes from populations now having access to further degrade the forest.

3. The third driver of deforestation is charcoal production – much of the developing world heats its homes and cooks with charcoal

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With your support, forests are left standing to do what they do best — store carbon, produce oxygen, provide habitat, and support local communities.

Visit the Stand For Trees website and show your Valentine that you love them a tonne. The planet will love you for it too!

1.Go to www.standfortrees.org
Look through the menu of projects we represent and read about all of the incredible work happening around the globe to protect forests.

2.Choose your favorite project and stand up for a forest!
At checkout click ‘this is a gift’ so you can enter your loved one’s name and write a them a sweet note.

3.Share your love on social media
Inspire others to show their love by posting the following image on social media.

-The Stand For Trees Team


Posted on: February 23, 2017 by: in: News | Leave a Comment
THE POWER OF CHANGE IS IN YOUR HANDS

30th January 2017 | Stand For Trees

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Stand For Trees has created a solution to put the power of change into your hands. Through an innovative online platform, SFT uses the power of social media and crowdfunding to enable individual citizens to take real and effective action to reduce deforestation and curb climate change.

Now you can actually do something to take a stand for the future of our environment by purchasing Stand For Trees Certificates (aka carbon offsets) that protect threatened forests of your choice.

THIS is what we’ve all been waiting for. A direct, tangible and meaningful way that you as an individual can get involved and make a lasting difference.

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The Stand For Trees platform allows individuals to use their cell phones to buy certificates in projects around the world.

When you spend $10 on a Stand For Trees certificate, you prevent 1 metric tonne of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. How awesome is that??

Proceeds from the Stand For Trees Certificates fund the development of sustainable livelihoods and the protection of forests in specific REDD+ (fyi REDD+ is a UN initiative that stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) projects in various locations around the world. REDD+ funding already has been used to, among other things, build schools and medical clinics, dig clean-water wells, and train and equip forest rangers to prevent illegal logging and animal poaching. You can learn more about REDD+ projects here.

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So how does it work?

The ultimate goal of REDD+ and the Stand For Trees model is to provide incentives for local landowners and communities in developing countries to keep their forests standing rather than cutting them down.

This platform empowers individual citizens to play a role in the fight to mitigate climate change and take a stand to do something positive for the future of our environment.

Check out the Stand For Trees website to learn more about how YOU can get involved.


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BEDELL GUITARS AND STAND FOR TREES TEAM UP TO PROTECT THREATENED BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD FOREST

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19th February 2016 | Eco-business

Bedell Guitars is committed to hand crafting guitars with sustainably harvested woods. Recently, they partnered with Stand For Trees, and more specifically the Allcot Group’s Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conversation project, to protect a threatened Brazilian rosewood forest.

Stand For Trees empowers individual citizens and businesses alike to take direct action to protect endangered forests and reduce the impacts of climate change. Every time you buy a Stand For Trees Certificate, you help local forest communities around the world keep a specific forest standing and prevent a tonne of CO2, the most abundant greenhouse gas, from entering the earth’s atmosphere.

Bedell Guitars will buy ten Stand For Trees certificates for each Brazilian rosewood guitar that is purchased, specifically supporting conservation efforts in Pará, Brazil. Pará houses one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems on the planet. The Brazilian Rosewood Project in the Pará’s Portel municipality works to protect this fragile ecosystem by stopping rampant deforestation of carbon-dense rainforest while allowing degraded forests an opportunity to regenerate. “Bedell Guitars recognizes the rareness of this revered tonewood,” states Tom Bedell, founder Bedell Guitars. “Even though the Brazilian rosewood we use for our guitars was harvested legally Bedell wants to go further to support conservation practices in the area.”

“Protecting the world’s forests is the most important thing an individual or business can do to take climate action now, and Stand for Trees applauds Bedell Guitars for its industry-leading forest stewardship ‘from seed-to-song’ program and for raising awareness about forest conservation and climate change to guitar players and non-players alike,” says Peter Mach, Assistant Director of Stand For Trees. Grattan MacGiffin, Chief Commercial Officer at ALLCOT adds, “It is particularly rewarding for us to be associated with Bedell Guitars, who not only recognize the importance of conserving endangered forests but are going even further to compensate for their climate footprint.”

To try out Bedell’s Brazilian rosewood collection locate your closest dealer here. Not in the market for a new guitar but want to support the efforts behind Stand for Trees? You can learn more and support the Brazilian Rosewood Project in Pará starting with as little as $5.


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Stand For Trees Project Highlights: Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation Project

Stand For Trees projects conserve over 18,000 square miles (imagine 6 New York City’s) of the most spectacular forest land on the planet. They conserve tropical and grassland forests around the globe that regulate our climate, protect hundreds of thousands of species of wildlife from elephants and rhinos to leaf-cutting ants and microscopic organisms, and they are home to tens of thousands of indigenous and local communities.

It can be challenging to imagine the magnitude and beauty of what our projects do without seeing them first hand, so to tell the story of our projects, here is first-hand testimony from the incredible people on the ground taking action to save the world’s forests.

Together we will learn more about what motivates and inspires the people who develop and run these incredible projects and how they are making the world a better and more sustainable place.

This week I’ll be highlighting the work of the Alcott Group’s Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation project. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ron Dewhurst, and this is what we discussed:

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What are the top three things you want the world to know about your project?

Ron: “The Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation project protects an abundance of threatened species of flora and fauna, including the Brazilian Rosewood and Acapu, as well as Giant Anteaters, the Little Spotted Cat and the Ka’apor Capuchin Monkey.

The Project is seeking to achieve its ambition of becoming an exemplar of how REDD+ can transform a project area and the socio-economic development of the people who live within it. In agreement with the landowner, it is working to provide legal land-use permits that will result in oficial land titles for those villages that actively participate in forest protection.Through a unified programme of actions, the Project aims to break the cycle of multiple generation poverty by improving livelihoods through efficient farming and land management, land tenure and a fund that will support locally driven sustainable initiatives.

In purely environmental terms, the Project will prevent net emissions of more than 20 Million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide equivalent (20MtCO2e) over the project’s 40-year lifetime, verified against the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and validated at the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Association (CCBA) Gold Level.

What about the project are you most proud of?

Ron: “We believe the Project must be taken as a whole and therefore the inter-connected social and environmental program is what we feel make this Project stand out. Employment in forest protection, education of agro-forestry techniques and investment all help the local communities and the biosphere however the land ownership issue is a key obstacle that prevents long-term social advancement and adds to multi-generational penury. By attempting to solve this problem by organizing land title for the families that actively manage the area, a greater legacy will be achieved.”

What were the key drivers of deforestation and how have you overcome this?

Ron: “The Project takes place in an area of high deforestation so the preservation of ecosystem functionality is of high importance. Forest clearance for cattle grazing is currently a much more lucrative option for landowners, while illegal tree felling and export drives the gangs of illegal deforesters. By generating jobs in bio-diversity monitoring and forest patrolling, the Project protects against illegal deforestation and resultant ecosystem fragmentation.”

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How did you get into this field and what motivates you to do this work?

Ron: “I got into this field when I witnessed the devastation on the British Columbia forests by the Pine Beetle. This was due to a climate shift to warmer winters that caused the pest to propagate out of control. The damage was staggering and the once great pine forests I walked in as a child turned to a sea of red death. It caused me so much self-reflection that it became a quest to save the world’s remaining forests.”

Can you describe the community your project works with and how REDD+ has benefitted that community?

Ron: “The term “pioneer frontier”, is currently the scenario of the Project Area, where forested areas not always close to roads but easily accessible through large and secondary navigable rivers. In this pioneer frontier many land-use and land-cover change activities take place such as landless people (locally known as “riberinhos” or those who dwell along river shores) occupying land giving birth to small villages, squatters slashing and burning forested areas to claim ownership, illegal loggers opening roads for selective logging and cattle ranchers buying obscurely-titled lands. All of the aforementioned activities take place because forested land is either considered to be of free access or because there is a weak or nonexistent presence of the legal landowner as well as weak law enforcement and control. Such pioneer frontiers are the preliminary stage for the development of consolidated frontiers in the hands of cattle ranchers.

The project will bring safety and security to the area for all and the forests. It will provide the development of mutually beneficial social enterprises that is sustainable within the forests and their communities. It will also provide secure land tenure and a new sense of partnership with the land for generations to come.”

Is there anything else you want to share with us?

Ron: “The project to date has been created and funded by the working citizens of the world in a collective to stop deforestation. No large institution, bank or Government has been involved in its funding or management. It is a true people movement to mitigate climate change in our world.”

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Learn More About This Project:

Pará, Brazil houses one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems on the planet. The Brazilian Rosewood Project in the Pará’s Portel municipality works to protect this fragile ecosystem by stopping rampant deforestation of carbon-dense rainforest while allowing degraded forests an opportunity to regenerate.

By supporting this project you are investing back into the community — 130 families in total — to provide employment for forest protection, and legal land-use permits that keep illegal deforesters away while protecting threatened species and local livelihoods in the process. The project also supports local villages to strengthen their social structure, improve food security through agroforestry techniques, and encourages less fuelwood usage by implementing energy-efficient cookstoves, which produce additional reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Key Facts

  • Protects threatened tree species like Brazilian Rosewood, and endangered species of animals like giant anteaters and the Ka’apor capuchin monkey
  • Provides secured land tenure to villages committed to conservation
  • Improves local nutrition through food diversification and agroforestry practices
  • Provides jobs in forest management, and education in forest preservation
  • Creates opportunities for communities to develop local businesses

 Support this project now!


Posted on: January 26, 2016 by: in: Uncategorized | Tags: | Leave a Comment
Get To Know the Stand For Trees Projects: Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project, Kenya

This week, in the “Get To Know the Stand For Trees Projects” weekly interview, I will be highlighting the incredible work of Wildlife Work’s Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project in Kenya. I had the pleasure of interviewing Rob Dodson, the The VP of African Field Ops at the Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary. Here is what we discussed:


Natalie: “What about the project are you most proud of?” 

Rob: “I think one of the most important components of the project is getting the community revenue distribution system right, so that the community feels that they are receiving a fair and equitable share of revenue generated through their actions of protecting the forest around them. We have spent much time and effort, talking with the community, local leaders and the County and National Administration and I believe we have an excellent system in place, that works and really incentivizes the community to protect their environment.”

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Natalie: “Can you describe the community your project works with and how REDD+ has benefitted that community?”

Rob: “The community in our project area is incredibly diverse, with an estimated 100,000 people living around our 500,000 acres of protected forest. Local communities surrounding the project area are made up predominantly of the Taita people, as well as a diverse range of other tribes, namely Duruma, Kamba, Turkana and Maasai. Communities are generally subsistence farmers, with some formal employment provided through tourism, education, health services, ranching and mining.

The REDD+ project has directly benefitted the community by creating over 350 jobs through project roles and through the creation of sustainable industries for alternative livelihoods, such as greenhouses, an eco-factory and a soap factory. Our community fund is community-led, currently focussing on water, education and health services. Our water projects in community areas have included rock catchments, pipeline extensions and the construction of water tanks, improving water access to over 25,000 community members in some of the areas hit hardest by water shortages. Our bursary scheme has provided improved access to education to over 3,000 vulnerable or orphaned children, some of whom would either not have been able to attend secondary school or not been able to fulfill their dreams of going into higher education. We have built and renovated classrooms in local schools, made desks, chairs and lockers for students, all improving education services for years to come.”

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Natalie: “What are the top three things you want the world to know about the Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project?”

Rob: “ 1) The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project is the first double validated and verified project of it’s type, which means that we are trying and testing many of the operating procedures that are being used on projects all over the world. 2) The Kasigau Corridor is a vital wildlife migration route that links two of the worlds largest protected areas; Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. Over 12,000 elephants, more than half of Kenya’s elephant population, use this route between permanent water sources and forage in the two halves of the Tsavo Ecosystem. As well as elephants, more than 50 large mammal species including Lion, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah and wild dog use the Project as part of their range. These animals share the land with 115,000 community members, who live around the community ranches that form the Project Zone, making this project area incredibly rich and diverse. 3) The project has created over 350 direct jobs and our community outreach programme positively effects hundreds of other people.”


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Natalie: “What were the key drivers of deforestation and how have you been able to overcome this?”

Rob: “The key drivers of deforestation in The Kasigau Corridor area are slash and burn agricultural practices, timber cutting and collection for building materials and firewood and charcoal production. We have been able to overcome this situation by financially incentivizing the community to protect the forest that remains and by physically protecting the forest with our Wildlife Works Community Rangers.”

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Natalie: “How did you get into this field and what motivates you to do this work?”

Rob: “Having worked and traveled throughout many parts of Southern, Central and Eastern Africa, often following the continents inland waterways, I encountered human-wildlife conflict in many forms. Africa’s wealth of natural resources and richness of biodiversity often contrasts starkly with the poverty of her people and this sad dichotomy and the will to try and do something about is what brought me to Tsavo. Wildlife Works arrived in the area shortly after this and we started working together quite quickly and I joined the company in the year 2000.”

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Code REDD and Stand For Trees are proud to support this project. If you want to learn more about the project and are inspired to protect this forest, click here now!

More about the project: 

Nestled between Kenya’s Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, the Kasigau Wildlife Corridor Project protects 500,000 acres of dryland forest and supports local communities of over 100,000 in job creation and sustainable development activities. When you offset your CO2 emissions by supporting the Kasigau Corridor Project, you simultaneously protect a vital wildlife migration corridor for endangered populations of African elephant, Grevy’s zebra, cheetah, lion and African wild dog, as well as more than 50 species of large mammals and over 300 species of birds. Without support for the project, local communities have little option to provide for their families other than slash-and-burn agriculture. Your Stand For Trees purchase is critical to valuing this forest for the vital services it provides, and to creating new, sustainable livelihoods for the people protecting it.

Key Facts

  • This is the first REDD+ project in the world to issue Verified Emission Reductions verified to the VCS standard.
  • Creates regional development of education, water access, women’s empowerment, agricultural intensification, and local business and job opportunities.
  • Protects habitat for the African elephant, Grevy’s zebra, cheetah, lion and African wild dog.

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