Mexican Reforestation Projects

On the Yucatán Peninsula and the state of Mexico, we are planting trees to fight the climate crisis. Planting trees generates jobs, is good for biodiversity, and captures the greenhouse gas CO2. Trees buy us valuable time we need to use to reduce our CO2 emissions.

Mexican Reforestation Projects

On the Yucatán Peninsula and around Toluca, we are planting trees to fight the climate crisis. Planting trees generates jobs, is good for biodiversity, and captures the greenhouse gas CO2. Trees buy us valuable time we need to use to reduce our CO2 emissions.
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First tree in Yucatan

On March 8, 2015, Plant-for-the-Planet planted the first tree on degraded former forest areas.

22,500 Hectares on Yucatán and hundreds of small farmers in Mexico

In total, our Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation has assumed responsibility for 22,500 hectares, an area the size of the country Lichtenstein and supporting small landowners near Toluca in reforesting their own land. Do contact us if you know of other areas on the peninsula that require reforestation.
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Continuous Research

Since January 2020, we have been operating an additional research area on 91 hectares. Here, scientists conduct field trials for reforestation with the support of our local employees. We hope the research will allow us – and others – get better at restoring forests.

The Trees’ Journey

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First tree in Yucatan

On March 8, 2015, Plant-for-the-Planet planted the first tree on degraded former forest areas.
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22,500 Hectares on Yucatán and hundreds of small farmers in Mexico

In total, our Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation has assumed responsibility for 22,500 hectares, an area the size of the country Lichtenstein and supporting small landowners near Toluca in reforesting their own land. Do contact us if you know of other areas on the peninsula that require reforestation.
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Continuous Research

Since January 2020, we have been operating an additional research area on 91 hectares. Here, scientists conduct field trials for reforestation with the support of our local employees. We hope the research will allow us – and others – get better at restoring forests.

Why are we planting trees?

We are taking responsibility for our own reforestation to convey three things.

1. Plant 1 tree with just €1

We want to prove that it is possible to plant and care for a tree for 1€ with a high survival rate. Forest and civil engineers lead our team with efficient project management. Their goal is to make the reforestation economically optimal.

We expect that in 20 years every second seedling will have grown into a stately tree and will therefore cost € 2. This puts a price on worldwide reforestation: If we want to use the time joker that trees and biomass offer us, we need an additional € 2 trillion by 2030 or € 200 billion every year.

Because the majority of the land is located in the countries of the global south, half of it in Africa, this would correspond to a doubling of the global development funds.

2. Ecological & diverse forestation

We want to achieve the ecologically most sensible increase in biomass, also taking into account the diversity of species.

Various tree species of noble woods including the mahogany family, almond trees, white rubber trees, trumpet trees as well as various useful and fruit trees are currently planted, for example, the breadnut tree (Brosimum Allicastrum), the mombin plum (Spondias mombin) or the balch tree (Lonchocarpus). These trees blend in well with the surrounding forests.
Not all areas are suitable for reforestation, for some areas natural regeneration makes more sense, while others become natural forest. In order to make the ecologically correct decision, we employ three ecologists, two with a PhD and one environmental engineer. Their goal is to make the increase of biomass and thus the binding of CO2 most ecologically sensible. Doctoral students from the ETH, Zurich and the Imperial College, London, layout experimental plots for their studies. Scientists support our work with new findings and with our reporting.

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3. Plant 100 Million trees by 2030

By 2030, we want to plant 100 million trees in Mexico, demonstrating the many additional benefits of global reforestation. After all, reforestation contributes to the prosperity of the regional population.

We are already the largest and best-paying employer in Constitución, Campeche. The reforestation of 1 trillion trees not only shifts the tipping points in the climate system into the future but is also the largest economic stimulus program in human history.

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Intensive work - but the effort is worth it

Today, 108 forest workers plant an average of 1 seedling every 15 seconds during the planting season from July to December. During this time, the rainy season, the young plants get enough water to grow well.

Our 13 employees in our nursery select the best seeds. We are currently growing seedlings of eight different native species, which are planted in mixed culture according to the conditions of the terrain. After planting, the workers take intensive care of the young trees.

Our foreman Elder de la Cruz says: "Trees are like children. We clear each tree of rampant grasses, up to 20 times, in the first few years until it is big enough to get through on its own". We plant about 1,100 trees per hectare.

Strengthening the income of farmers

Above-average wages and good social benefits ensure the livelihoods of the workers' families. This is particularly important in countries of the Global South. Our employees are chosen specifically for their various trades.

During the dry season, there are important tasks on the planting area. For example, intensive care of the planted trees, preparing the planting areas for the next planting season, repair and maintenance work on equipment and machinery, and maintenance of paths and houses.

We were able to react quickly and consistently to the Covid-19 pandemic by forming smaller teams and building more houses. We offer the neighboring farmers to use our new forest area for agroforestry free of charge. Beekeepers make the most use of this offer, thus increasing their income.

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