On March 8, 2015 the first tree was planted on deforested woodland, which was bought by the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation. It is located on the Yucatán-Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. After we planted the millionth tree we made a promise:
"We will take care of every tree we’ve planted and every year we will plant 1 million trees more than the year before."
To fulfill this promise we will hire 36 additional workers each year. There are 100 people working in our forests today; by 2029 there will be 532 workers.
Currently, we plant on 22,500 hectares of foundation-owned land.
The Crowtherlab at ETH Zürich accompanies the reforestation project scientifically and investigates how much CO2 every tree captures.
The first data for specific trees can already be found on the map, where you can also see exactly where we are currently planting:
Four Metres in Less Than 2 Years
Trees grow four times faster on the Yucatán-Peninsula than in Central Europe. Each tree captures 25 kg of CO2 per year.
Native Species for Healthy Forests
We select the best seeds by hand. We plant eight different native Mahagoni-tree species on the deforested land.
Tailor-Made Soil for Our Trees
Only natural components are used.
All of the containers are reusable.
In our tree nursery, which we established in 2015, ten workers grow more than four million seedlings with the highest quality standards.
Until 2029 there will be 100 Million trees grown, planted and cared for. If 10,000 projects copy us, the trillion trees will capture a quarter of man-made CO2.
Reforestation of Degraded Land Worldwide
Forest areas the size of India were plundered but could become forest again. We dig up these rows of seedlings with machetes.
Care Makes the Difference
We need to uncover the seedlings manually up to 20 times with love and care. The trees are our children - several million children.
Sharp Machetes and Devotion
Skill, endurance, team spirit, 30°C heat.
50.000 man hours, 1.200 filings and 250 machetes every year. Machetes also protect from venomous snakes.
Organize Work Intelligently
Between the rows of trees, the tractor can be used for mowing. This saves time and thus donations! Some of the workers are mechanics who can service and repair the tractors.
Three years after planting the first seedlings on completely degraded land, our small forests blossom for the first time.
One Billion Bees
With one bee colony per hectare forest, one billion bees will soon produce 1.000 tons of forest honey every year and pollinate our trees.
Strengthening the Farmers’ Income Basis
The farmers appreciate our offer to use our forests for
bee-keeping. These ten bee-hives mean €800 additional annual income for David R.
Wood Is Alive – Enhancement of the Added Value
With the setup of the timber industry on the Yucatán-Peninsula we will increase the net wealth of the regional farmers and also of our foundation.
We want our work to be transparent in order to convince as many other groups as possible to start similar projects. With only 10,000 similar projects we can reach the goal of one trillion new trees.
The Foundation wants to show that reforestation is easy, and that planting as well as caring for one tree does not cost more than €1.
One Trillion Trees
• barely costs more than 15 times the price Bayer paid for Monsanto
• would capture more than a quarter of the human-made CO2
• create hundreds of millions of new jobs and therefore create wealth in countries of the Global South
• fight causes of migration and reduce population growth.