Addressing poverty and food insecurity in Brazil

Eric Sturdza Investments is a Sapling Partner of the Eden Reforestation Projects ("Eden"), and we are delighted to have been able to support their efforts to reforest and repair ecosystems, whilst also stimulating economic stability and independence for the inhabitants of some of the world’s most impacted regions.

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1 Jan 2023

Eric Sturdza Investments is a Sapling Partner of the Eden Reforestation Projects (“Eden”), and we are delighted to have been able to support their efforts to reforest and repair ecosystems, whilst also stimulating economic stability and independence for the inhabitants of some of the world’s most impacted regions.

One of the key benefits of reforestation is that trees are extremely efficient at carbon sequestration and one of the most effective tools in the fight against greenhouse gases.

As we look at the year ahead, we have decided to continue our support of Eden’s work, and following consultation with their team have elected to focus on their Brazilian reforestation project.

The Brazilian reforestation project, encompasses the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado savanna, and thousands of miles of mangrove coastline, which is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. These habitats are home to the blond capuchin monkey, the maned three-toed sloth, and the golden parakeet. Rampant deforestation from cattle ranching, agriculture and logging threaten these ecosystems and the people who rely on them.

As a result, Eden began scouting for planting locations and recruiting local leaders in 2021. They work closely with indigenous groups and local teams to restore forests and create financial opportunities for nearby communities. The initial focus for their Brazilian reforestation project is the Amazon, Cerrado and coastal mangrove habitats.

The Araribóia Indigenous Territory site is found in the State of Maranhão, located in the transitional zone between the Amazon and the Cerrado forests. The native vegetation is classified as Amazonian Forest and is located within the limits of the Legal Amazon biome, home to diverse flora and fauna.

Eden Reforestation Projects: The Eden team working to restore a deforested portion of the Amazon rainforest.

The Eden team working to restore a deforested portion of the Amazon rainforest. Image courtesy of the Eden Reforestation Projects.

In 2015, a fire was caused by loggers that was considered the largest fire recorded in any indigenous land in Brazil. Araribóia, covering 413 thousand hectares, has already had more than 45% of its territory turned to ashes, whilst Maranhão had the 4th highest rate of accumulated deforestation among the Amazon states between 1988 and 2016.

Araribóia has a population of 5,317 inhabitants, divided among three people groups: the Awa Guajá (Tupi-Guarani), the Guajá Awá isolated people group and the Guajajara (Tupi-Guarani – Tenetehara). Large-scale commercial farming, deforestation, logging and fires have resulted in food insecurity in the region; whilst also impacting the inhabitant’s ability to hunt, fish and grow traditional crops, limiting opportunities for income generation.

By reforesting this degraded area with native tree species, local communities will protect vulnerable flora and fauna; whilst simultaneously reducing poverty and food insecurity in the Guajajaras community. The Eden Brazil team’s ambition is to produce, plant and protect nearly 1.1 million trees over two years.

Eden Reforestation Projects: The Eden team watering seedlings at the Parnaguá nursery.

The Eden team watering seedlings at the Parnaguá nursery. Image courtesy of the Eden Reforestation Projects.

We are delighted therefore to provide our support to Eden’s Brazilian reforestation project, believing that we need to do whatever we can to protect some of the earth’s most precious resources, whilst also supporting the local inhabitants to build a brighter future, reducing food insecurity and bringing new income generation opportunities.

Eric Sturdza Investments’ Reforestation Journey
Eric Sturdza Investments’ Reforestation Journey

* Mangroves absorb carbon at a rate of two to four times greater than mature tropical forests and contain the highest carbon density of all terrestrial ecosystems. They are a key part of coastal ecosystems, renowned for an array of ecosystem services, including fisheries and fibre production, sediment regulation, and tsunami protection. Source: https://greenfutureproject.com/about-us/mangroves/

Background regarding Eden’s ambition and approach to addressing deforestation

Eden seeks to address a number of the issues caused by deforestation. Deforestation is a global phenomenon caused by a variety of factors. These factors range from large-scale slash-and-burn practices to unsustainable agriculture, to daily community forest destruction.

To counteract this, Eden adopts a holistic approach to reforestation and ecological restoration, which includes:

  • Eden’s national leaders partnering with local communities that are committed to restoring their forests.
  • Hiring and training people from local communities to produce and plant new trees.
  • Planting native tree species.
  • The communities protecting their new forests because they have a vested interest in them.

By hiring people from the local communities to produce, plant and protect forests, Eden provides them with a consistent income allowing them to provide for their families. As the reforestation efforts progress, healthy forests begin to emerge, and the harmful effects of deforestation begin to disappear.

Eden Reforestation Projects: Resident expert, João Maleta, helping identify native seed species in the Amazon.

Resident expert, João Maleta, helping identify native seed species in the Amazon. Image courtesy of the Eden Reforestation Projects.

Since Eden was established, their work has resulted in the planting of over 977 million trees across Ethiopia, Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Nicaragua and Honduras. It is expected that the effects of their efforts will endure and provide environmental and social benefits for generations to come.

We would encourage readers to visit the Eden Reforestation Projects’ website to learn more about their work, whilst further information regarding the impact that our donations have had, can be viewed via the below links:

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Eric Sturdza Investments became a Sapling Partner of Eden in 2020 and we are delighted to be able to continue our support of their reforestation efforts once again as part of our 2023 charitable giving program. We are proud to be able to support Eden in its efforts to find sustainable and long-term solutions that seek to address the environmental and human impacts caused by deforestation globally.

For further information on our commitment to charitable giving, please do not hesitate to contact Adam or visit Our ESG Approach section.

Adam TurbervilleAdam Turberville
Director
+44 1481 742380
a.turberville@ericsturdza.com

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Further information on the Eden Reforestation Projects that may be of interest

In the video below, Dr Stephen Fitch, Founder & CEO of Eden Reforestation Projects shows how Eden starts with planting a seed and how they grow a tree that joins together with many other trees that turns into a healthy forest. A fascinating watch and highly recommended.

To learn more about Eden’s reforestation work in Brazil, watch the video below.