Agroforestry – Haiti
CO2 Offset per tree: 150 KG
Average Lifetime: 90-150 years
Agroforestry is a land use management system in which trees are grown around or among crops or pastureland. This diversification of the farming system initiates an agroecological succession, like that in natural ecosystems, and so starts a chain of events that enhance the functionality and sustainability of the farming system.
This intentional combination of agriculture and forestry has multiple benefits, such as increased biodiversity, improved soil structure and health, reduced erosion, and carbon sequestration.
The theoretical base for agroforestry lies in ecology, or agroecology. Agroecology encompasses diverse applications such as: water retention of soils; biodiverse habitats; protection from pest, disease and weed outbreaks; protection of soils from water and wind erosion, etc.
Biodiversity in agroforestry systems is typically higher than in conventional agricultural systems. Two or more interacting plant species in a given area create a more complex habitat that can support a wider variety of fauna.
Agroforestry is important for biodiversity for different reasons. It provides a more diverse habitat than a conventional agricultural system in which the tree component creates ecological niches for a wide range of organisms both above and below ground. The life cycles and food chains associated with this diversification initiates an agroecological succession that creates functional agroecosystems that confer sustainability. A further contribution to biodiversity is that the germplasm of sensitive species can be preserved. As agroforests have no natural clear areas, habitats are more uniform. Furthermore, agroforests can serve as corridors between habitats. Agroforestry can help to conserve biodiversity having a positive influence on other ecosystem services.
Other environmental goals
Carbon sequestration is an important ecosystem service. Agroforestry practices can increase carbon stocks in soil and woody biomass. Trees in agroforestry systems, like in new forests, can recapture some of the carbon that was lost by cutting existing forests. They also provide additional food and products. The rotation age and the use of the resulting products are important factors controlling the amount of carbon sequestered.
By financing one tree in this project, you will plant one of the following Agroforestry trees (funds are equally split among species, in order to support biodiversity):
Annona muricata; Prosopis juliflora; Artocarpua altilus; Carica papaya; Spanish Cedar; Catalpa
longissima; Cedrela odorata; Citrus aurantifolia; Citrus aurantium; Citrus maxima (Burman); Merr.
Citrus maxima hybrid; Citrus paradisi; Coffea arabica; Delonix regia; Gliricidia sepium; Leucaena
leucocephala; Malpighia punicifolia; L. Mangifera indica; Persea americana; Senna siamea;
Syzygium samarangense; Tamarindus indica; Theobrama cacao.
Please note that average lifetime and KG of CO2 offset are conservative estimations made by
Evertreen based on external consultants, papers, articles and comparable platforms. In case of
numerous planting orders, agroforestry trees in this project may be substituted by singling or
mangrove trees of the following species:
Avicennia marina; Rhizophora mangle; Prosopis juliflora
These trees are planted in Haiti by our partner Eden Projects.