What exactly is a Mangrove tree?

It is the only tree growing in salt water, functioning as a buffer between land and sea. Mangroves occur worldwide in the tropics and subtropics, mainly between latitudes 25° N and 25° S. Mangroves are salt-tolerant trees, also called halophytes, and are adapted to life in harsh coastal conditions. They contain a complex salt filtration system and complex root system to cope with salt water immersion and wave action. They are adapted to the low oxygen (anoxic) conditions of waterlogged mud. See the video to learn more: https://vimeo.com/290679127

Can I buy trees as a gift?

Yes! You can add whatever name you like when you make the order.  Click on “add more names” and how many trees you want to be added to each. You will receive the certificate as a PDF. For example, if you add 5 names, you will get 5 PDFs. The person ordering the mangroves will receive all the certificates digitally. It may take up to 30 minutes before the buyer receives the PDFs.

What do I get when I buy Mangroves?

You will get a certificate showing the amount of CO2 you mitigate in the soil and biomass.

You will support bio-diversity. Bio-diversity is not only to uphold existing flora and fauna, but also to enrich the environment with additional value such as establishing the first mangrove gene bank with 64 species of mangroves and related species. You will also be protecting endangered species with a focus on elephants, dugongs and sea turtles in the park area.

In addition, you will support sustainable development. 62% of the population in the communities are below UN´s poverty index. Our aim is to increase earnings by over 100% during the next 5 years by focusing on livelihoods and generating income as part of the restoration of mangroves in adaptation to climate change.

WIF pays for all costs related to planting (clearing of land, production of seedlings, planting, protection of the tree and follow up for 20 years.) 

How do I become carbon positive?

Kindly see World Bank country emission statistic to know how much investment you need in order to become carbon positive: data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC

Where can I find my tree?

The trees are being planted in different areas. In the certificate, you will see an area code and GPS location.

Go to: https://www.wif.foundation/plantingareas/ to see an overview of where your trees are located.

What is the difference between buying new plants and Co2 quotas?

Purchasing new plants is for planting new trees. Buying C02 Quotas or carbon credits is for carbon stored by trees planted earlier.

How is the contribution spent?

  • 67 % for tree-planting and monitoring
  • 25 % for sustainable development / poverty reduction
  • 8 % for administration and reporting

Can anyone stop the planting?

As a guarantee of safety for the plants, user rights for the land are given to our partner communities which benefit from the project. The plants are also protected by law. In addition, the forest is regularly observed by security personnel and Forest Department staff.

What is WIFs future plans?

We currently have 75,000 Ha for planting in Myanmar (300 million trees) and are ready to start new projects in India and Indonesia by 2023.

How does the planting process work?

It begins with the collection of seeds, nursing the seeds to plants and planting seedlings after 6 months of growth.  Some mangrove species produce large seeds which can be planted directly after cleaning the land and preparing the soil. It takes around one year to get a new mangrove in the ground. Weeding occurs during the two first years after planting. We monitor the health and growth of the plant in 100 sample plots. From January to March the seeds are collected and the areas prepared. The planting process starts in April and ends in late August.

What happens if my tree dosen´t grow up?

WIF has a reserve tree bank with 200,000 trees for replacement. Our survival rate of plants is 93 percent, far above the average of other projects (2018 evaluation report). The success has led to requests from several communities and regional governments for new projects. With increased financial support, there is no limit for scaling up our activities. Your contribution is therefore of great importance

What is VSC?

The VCS Program is the world’s most widely used voluntary GHG program. More than 1300 certified VCS projects have collectively reduced or removed more than 200 million tonnes of carbon and other GHG emissions from the atmosphere.

Individuals and corporations around the world are recognizing the importance of reducing their GHG emissions. As a result, many of them are reducing their carbon footprints through energy efficiency and other measures. Quite often, however, it is too expensive for these entities to meet their targets or eliminate their carbon footprint entirely with internal reductions, and they need a mechanism to achieve these aspirational goals. Enter the carbon markets.

By using the carbon markets, entities can neutralize, or offset, their emissions by retiring carbon credits generated by projects that are reducing GHG emissions elsewhere. Of course, it is critical to ensure, or verify, that the emission reductions generated by these projects are actually occurring. This is the work of the VCS Program – to ensure the credibility of emission reduction projects.

Once projects have been certified against the VCS Program’s rigorous set of rules and requirements, project developers can be issued tradable GHG credits that we call Verified Carbon Units (VCUs).  Those VCUs can then be sold on the open market and retired by individuals and companies as a means to offset their own emissions. Over time, this flexibility channels financing to clean, innovative businesses and technologies.

How it works

Projects developed under the VCS Program must follow a rigorous assessment process in order to be certified. VCS projects cover a diverse range of sectors, including renewable energy (such as wind and hydroelectric projects), forestry (including the avoidance of deforestation), and others. Emission reductions certified by our program are eligible to be issued as VCUs, with one VCU representing one metric tonne of greenhouse gas emissions reduced or removed from the atmosphere.

Where can we find mangroves?

120 countries have environments suitable for mangrove forests. Picture: (Wikipedia) 

Frequently asked questions

At this page you can find answers regarding the project. Can’t find the answer you are looking for?

Contact: info@wif.foundation