2.2 million trees in 2018

Were planted in Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park on 2,200 Ha.

More land

Available land for planting has been increased to 100,000 Ha

Survival rate record

We achieved a record-breaking plant survival rate of 93%.

VCS approval

The project reached a new milestone in 2018 with the first mangrove VCS approval in Asia.

A year of rapid growth

2018 was a year of rapid growth. After three years of research and a further three years of test planting with various methods, the Heyerdahl Climate Park project achieved a record-breaking plant survival rate of 93%. By reducing costs without compromising quality, efficiency was substantially increased.


Ready to scale

WIF is now ready to scale. Our goal is to plant 1 billion trees with the highest survival rate and cost efficiency. In parallel, available land for planting has been increased to 100,000 Ha in Myanmar in cooperation with the Forest Department, coastal communities and regional governments. Land negotiations for future expansion are in progress in several countries.

Blue carbon

The biggest land area that became available for planting in 2018 is on newly formed 47,000 Ha of mudflats. These are located in Yangon, Bago and Mon State regions, home to over 10 million people. Discussions are in progress with potential partners for funding. Mangrove trees will function as protective shields from cyclones and other extreme weather, as well as reducing dangers of shoreline erosion due to sea level rise. Based on experience from existing projects, substantial increase in seafood production is among several other advantages benefitting the communities.

In cooperation with coastal communities, WIF has been awarded the right to 24,000 Ha of mangrove areas in Yangon. This land was granted by the Chief Minister of Yangon region. In response, WIF and WeForest collaborated to establish a nursery capable of producing 420,000 seedlings per year. In 2018, 2.2 million trees were planted in Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park on 2,200 Ha. This number is expected to rise to 9.5 million trees in 2019 to complete the VCS project.

Q3 2019

9,5 million mangroves

New nursery

Capable to produce 420,000 sedlings a year

New areas

In Yangoon, Bago and Mon State

The amazing tale

of resurrected forests

Satellite pictures have reveiled an amazing natural phenomenon outside coastal are as in the Gulf of Mattama in Myanmar; 47,000 Ha of new land emerging from the sea. 43 islands have been formed by soil washed out from deforestated areas. Exposed to heavy rain, the land has been bleeding its fertile soil into rivers which is pushed back by the tide and has been slowly building up new land.

This miracle of nature is now ready for new life. The islands have already developer a green cap with grass, signalling readiness for embracing trees in their fertile soil. It is time for replanting. In this environment touched by salty tide twice a day, the only trees that grow are mangroves. Mangroves will function as a green wall that protects the shoreline and provides a solution to climate change in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Development of the mud flats will create sustainable development for the communities with additional income from natural carbon capture and storage, estimated to over 80 million tons CO2 climate gases.

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