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Recognition of Our Approach

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European Commission (EC)

All the achievements of our programs are recognized (especially by the European Commission (EC) and the United States) as a solution to climate change and creating more employment opportunities and a greener economy. However, the latter effect is more eminent in countries with more socio-economic disparities and vulnerable populations.

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Paris Agreement

The Planting Hope project aligns with international efforts to improve the climate and environment. The first legally binding treaty on climate change is the Paris Agreement, in which more than 190 countries agreed to take steps to reduce global warming. The reduction will be made through:

  • Reducing greenhouse emissions through actions for low greenhouse gas emissions,

  • Preservation and strengthening of forests

  • Educating, training, and increasing public awareness and public access to information.

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Sustainable Development Goals

The activities carried out by the Planting Hope program align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs include 17 goals set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA) to achieve a better and more sustainable future for the whole world. These goals are intended to be achieved by 2030. Planting Hope program activities work directly on 9 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals:

  • No poverty,

  • Zero hunger,

  • Good health and well-being,

  • Decent work and economic growth,

  • Reduced inequality,

  • Responsible consumption and production,

  • Climate action,

  • Life on land,

  • Partnerships for the goals.

Locations We Support

Our "World" needs more trees, especially in places with a significant role in the Earth's survival. We are currently planting trees in Colombia and Zambia. However, the project is expanding, and we will plant trees in other regions with essential needs and importance.

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Colombia

We may not realize the importance of evergreen forests when looking at the dense masses of trees that enchant us in the form of a meadow from the sky. Tropical forests and rainforests are very important for the survival of organisms on Earth because they provide habitat for a wide range of animals and provide clean water, fertile soil, food, medicine, carbon sequestration, and quality air.

Moreover, these forests affect the water cycle, influence regional rainfall patterns, provide fresh water for millions living in or around them, and prevent landslides and soil erosion. They are the oldest and the most biodiverse living ecosystems on the planet that provide a perfect source of food for Earth's creatures and have remained the same for millions of years. The most important tropical forests in the world are located in Central and South America, West and Central Africa, West India, Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and Australia. The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Among these, 35% of Colombia's soil - a country that is the second most biodiverse country in the world, is rich in species and fertile soil. However, Colombia is drowned in poverty and countless sufferings despite being located in the Amazon forests. According to the U.N. FAO, 54.5% of Colombia is forested; of this percentage, 14.1% is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form.

Unfortunately, 331Kha of Colombia's tree coverage is lost from fires and 4.60Mha from other loss drivers. Deforestation has taken place, and many trees have been lost, biodiversity has been endangered, and people who used to make a living from agriculture have had trouble making a living. 7.3 million Colombians were nearly food insecure in 2022.

Diverse biological groups existing in Colombia have made it recognized as a megadiverse country. In addition, Boyacá is a Colombian department located in the Eastern Andes Mountains, which is recognized as a hotspot of biodiversity. However, its ecosystems are among the most threatened globally.

As announced by Colombian President Iván Duque in January 2020, the country should give more importance and priority to planting trees. To reach the planting goals, many requirements should be met closely and carefully, including:

  • Seeing whether the species are native with good genetic quality (Preferred) or invasive and/or exotic.
  • Considering whether the municipal Unit and local communities are assisted with adequate training and taught about agricultural technical issues, including soil, compost, care, and how to find appropriate micro-environmental conditions, etc.

All these issues show the importance of paying more attention to the nature of Colombia for us earthlings.

Fortunately, FUNDAEC was founded in Cali, Colombia, as a non-governmental organization in 1974. The region in Colombia where we operate is Cali and, more specifically, communes 18 and 20, and Caribbean. These areas are known for high dropout rates, unemployment, violence, and drug trafficking. Some people who live in the city of Cali suffer from the country's armed conflicts that have displaced them in the last 50 years.

Considering the fertile soil and the potential of the people of this region, it seems that Colombia can have a much better future. By donating 30 euros, you can provide the necessary resources for this program and contribute to improving Colombia's human life and the environment.

Zambia

Zambia, a landlocked country in southern Africa, has been witnessing the adverse effects of global warming. Many rural communities have faced challenges such as irregular rain patterns, drying rivers, and floods. Coupled with the pollution from mining activities, poor waste management, and increased industrialization, the need for environmental interventions has never been more evident.

In response, the Inshindo Foundation has stepped up, championing the cause of environmental health in Zambia. Their initiatives, launched in 2023, emphasize tree planting as a structured activity, complementing other efforts such as environmental education and waste management research. Their ambition aligns with the Zambian government's recent establishment of the Ministry of Green Economy, aiming for transformative change.

Zambia's rich biodiversity and the evident passion of its communities make it a focal point for our efforts. With every donation, you not only contribute to planting trees but also support the broader vision of fostering a healthier, more sustainable environment. Your support aids in counteracting the effects of climate change, preserving biodiversity, and uplifting communities that have been directly affected by environmental challenges. Join us in planting seeds of hope in Zambia!

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