EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS

Plant Trees | Save Lives

aka The Eden Projects   |   Glendora, CA   |  http://edenprojects.org

Mission

Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) is a 501(c)3 international nonprofit that is committed to alleviating extreme poverty and restoring healthy forests in Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, Philippines, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Central America, Brazil, and beyond.

Ruling year info

2000

Founder/CEO

Stephen Paul Fitch

Main address

303 W Foothill Blvd. Unit 13

Glendora, CA 91741 USA

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EIN

95-4804581

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The destruction of healthy forest systems causes so many different problems. Trees provide a habitat for animals, purify water sources, control flooding and erosion and help to replenish the soil with nutrients needed for farming. When farmers can’t grow anything their farms fail and they have no option but to move to the overcrowded cities looking for work. Often they have to resort to selling themselves or their families into slavery just to survive.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Poverty Alleviation and Reforestation

We start by hiring the local villagers to plant trees.
This gives them a decent income so they can provide for their families again. As the reforestation effort goes on, healthy forests begin to emerge and all the negative effects of deforestation begin to disappear.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Years of ecological devastation in Haiti has led to some serious consequences including, but not limited to, varying levels of crop failure, flooding, soil erosion and water table depletion. In Haiti, the destructive impact that environmental systems can have is exacerbated due to the lack of protection that native forests and mangrove systems provide. To combat this, Eden Projects has been working directly with Providence University, and local community leaders through its partnership with Agrinotech and Amiga Island Ecological Foundation, to plant, protect and guard trees to maturity. In doing so, Eden Projects hopes to help restore the natural environment as well as provide agroforestry trees for food security.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

An estimated 40 million rural dwelling Indonesians rely heavily on the biodiversity of their environment for subsistence needs. Traditional fishermen rely on the wetland ecosystems all around the islands, including mangroves, coral reefs and sea grass for their livelihood. In the last 3 decades, Indonesia has lost over 40% of its mangrove forests, affecting not only the environment and the species that rely on them but also the communities that depend on this ecosystem for survival. Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local villagers on Biak Island and West Java to restore, replant and protect these unique and vital forest systems.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Eden Reforestation Projects launched its Madagascar project sites in 2007 by restoring ecologically devastated mangrove estuaries in the northwest of the country. Mangrove forests are essential ecosystems whose dense roots serve as an anchor for the soil and coastline preventing erosion and creating a barrier between harsh ocean systems and land. What began as primarily mangrove restoration and reforestation in 2007 grew to include a variety of native dry deciduous species in 2012.
Eden Projects partners include two National Park systems, which aim to reforest and revive natural habitat for endangered and endemic animal species.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Mozambique is located on the eastern coast of Africa with 68% of its population living in rural parts of the country. This Eastern African country is home to 20 globally threatened bird species, and over 200 endemic mammal species. With over 45% of the population living beneath the poverty line, the population relies heavily on its natural resources and forests for survival.

Historically home to vast mangrove estuaries and forests, Mozambique’s mangroves have been largely decimated and destroyed.

Eden Reforestation Projects is working with local communities and villagers to restore, replant and protect these precious forest systems.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Eden Reforestation Projects is working to support poverty alleviation and environmental restoration across the country and has already planted over 3 million trees. Starting in 2015, Eden has been working in 3 distinct regions across the country, including a partnership with Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site in Nepal. By partnering with the National Park system, Eden Projects is helping to protect and create a reforested buffer zone that is vital to protect animal habitat.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Kenya is an incredibly beautiful place from the creativity of the people to its diversity of its landscapes and wildlife. From the highlands to the coast, Kenya has an incredible diversity of forest types that have long-supported communities and wildlife. The cultural and ecological heritage of Kenya’s forests is vibrant and unique, but the management of them in recent decades has been unsustainable.

Eden’s work around the world aims to alleviate poverty and restore socio-ecological systems through intensive reforestation work in a variety of forest habitats. From empowering women to sequestering carbon, the impact of the work is multifaceted. The need and enthusiasm for reforestation in Kenya is great. From the highlands to the coast, Kenya has an incredible diversity of forest types that have long-supported communities and wildlife. The cultural and ecological heritage of Kenya’s forests is vibrant and unique, but the management of them in recent decades has been unsustainable.

Join us as we are working towards launching this work in The Great Rift Valley and the Northern Coast in Kenya.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Poverty Alleviation and Reforestation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grand Total Number of Trees Planted. These numbers include natural regeneration.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Eden Reforestation Projects is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. We hire local communities in developing countries to grow, plant, and guard to maturity native forests on a massive scale. Our “Employ to Plant methodology” results in a multiplication of positive socioeconomic and environmental outcomes.

The project aims to:

Alleviate extreme poverty by hiring local villagers to grow, plant and guard large-scale forests restoration sites.

Provide a consistent income to poverty stricken communities encouraging economic growth.

Restore the environment through reforestation efforts, improving fisheries, agriculture and carbon sequestration.

Eden Reforestation Projects employs a local national director and team to lead the implementation, planning and reporting aspects of the international work. The work is conducted and governed by the local in-country staff that coordinates closely with the main office located in California, USA. Regular coordination and communication includes weekly calls, field visits, monitoring and reporting.

Eden Projects Employ to Plant methodology works by employing the local community to reforest their environment, addressing one of the leading causes of deforestation. All too often, poverty stricken families are forced to cut down their forests in order to produce marketable goods to feed their families. By removing this need and providing a source of reliable income, these families can then meet their primary needs and prepare for the future. By empowering the villagers through fair wages and employment, Eden has seen an increase in educational opportunities for the children; increased microenterprises and an increase in women empowerment and leadership.

By working directly with the local community to establish planting sites and local planting strategies, Eden ensures that the local communities feel a sense of commitment and build a relationship to their environment. Through employment, the need to cut down the forest and trees is eliminated which therefore allows the community to focus on restoring their environment while still being able to earn a livable wage.

Over time, the impact of the restored land continues to increase dramatically as fisheries improve, water tables replenish, biodiversity returns and so forth.

The Employ to Plant methodology of employing the local community to reforest their own environment fosters a deep connection between the community and the land. Reforesting and protecting the land encourages the local communities to invest in the success and growth of the trees, which they begin to love and care for. Over time, the improvement of traditional income generating activities such as fishing and farming also help the community understand the direct benefits they receive from a healthy forest.

Eden Projects only works with large-scale, long-term projects. By doing so, it provides long term poverty alleviation, and employment while encouraging the local communities to continue their traditional income earning activities simultaneously.
When extreme poverty is alleviated, families can then begin investing in micro-enterprises, larger numbers of children can be enrolled in school, an increase in access to healthcare is possible and previously poverty stricken families can then afford to save and plan for their future.

“Eden Projects began hiring impoverished villagers to plant trees on March 12, 2005. Over the course of the past 14 years, we’ve put over 485 million trees into the ground. Living on the edge of uncertainty has never stopped Eden Projects from taking risks and moving forward - at least not for long. Without great risk, there’s rarely great reward. Let’s continue to climb higher until extreme poverty is eliminated and the world’s forests are restored.” - Steve Fitch

484,985,136 trees planted
4,849,851 workdays created
8 countries
82 project sites

Financials

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EDEN REFORESTATION PROJECTS

Board of directors
as of 10/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Kilbane

Michael Kilbane

Geoff Barker

Roger Hoesterey

Eric Stathers

Stephen Fitch

Eden Reforestation Projects

Patricia Vos

Patrick Gaston

Derrick Emsley

Maureen Sigliano

Pete Chiarelli

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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