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Reforestation project by World Vision Finland

In partnership with World Vision Finland, Planet Loves Trees is supporting a reforestation project in Wolaita, Ethiopia. This project aims to reforest 853 hectares of dry land using the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) – technique developed by World Vision. The main idea of the FMNR- technique, is to make use of existing roots to grow back the forest.

Project Facts

Project status:
Ongoing project started in 2019

Administrator:
World Vision Finland

Type of project:
Reforestation using the FMNR-technique

Area:
Wolaita zone, 853 hectars

Tree species:
The original natural species

Certification:
The project is applying for Gold Standard

The project is supporting the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.

  • Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

  • Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

The main idea of the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) technique, developed by World Vision, is to grow trees by using the existing roots. World Vision has used this technique to restore millions of hectares of dry land to forests in over 25 countries. Excellent results of FMNR have for example been reported in Humbo, Ehtiopia where the community members have reported e.g. decreased erosion, increased soil fertility and rainfalls, better air quality and cooler climate.

World Vision educates small-scale farmers to use the technique, which requires only the use of a knife. In practice, FMNR involves the systematic regrowth and management of trees and shrubs from felled tree stumps, sprouting root systems or seeds. The regrown trees and shrubs – integrated into crops and grazing pastures – help restore soil structure and fertility.

Because FMNR benefits from the existing roots it is significantly more affordable than a traditional reforestation technique where trees are planted. The cost for FMNR is approximately 36 € / hectare vs. planting a new tree that might be as much as 7300 € / hectare. Also using existing roots increases the likelihood of successful growth versus growing a tree from a seed.

The forests have a life changing impact on families’ income and food security in the developing world, and they also act as carbon sinks to mitigate climate change. Some of the FMNR projects are already able to sell carbon credits and for example the FMNR projects of World Vision Australia are certified and fully funded through carbon revenue. The FMNR project funded by World Vision Finland started in summer 2019 and will also apply for the Gold Standard certificate to be able to sell carbon credits in the voluntary carbon markets.

Pictures from FMNR projects by World Vision

The success of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration:

World Vision supports sustainable development of communities in developing countries, promotes justice by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice and provides humanitarian assistance to victims of natural disasters and conflicts.