TREE CREDITS in 20 tweets

Towards a Global System to provide Farmers, Women and Communities who grow Trees with an small
 monthly Income or Soft loan.

Problem setting:
Lord Nicholas Stern: “The two defining challenges of our century are climate change and poverty. And if we fail on one, we will fail on the other”. 2009

Solution line:
Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General: “Like in Microfinance, women can be agents of climate change too.” December 2, 2009

Viable solutions to global problems are inherently very complex, even such a simple concept as TREE CREDITS; still I succeeded to condense most of it into 20 tweets. For more in depth information see links.

TC1) If we plant 1.2Trillion trees (Qt. like existing forest) we might stabilize CO2 at a sustainable level by 2050.
TC2) If leave the planting of trees to the communities themselves, we might do it economically and without conflict.
TC3) If we work with women (and schools), like microfinance does, we might be effective
TC4) If we implement the project using existing NGOs, MFIs, GOs it might be even more efficient
TC5) If we allow for profits, to be made at all levels of organisation the project might go viral.
TC6) If we provide tree planters a regular monthly maintenance fee, many of their young trees will grow up
TC7) If we use the pay-per-tree principle at all levels, administration will be simplified and sponsoring made easy
TC8) If we develop standards and an internet payment system, the scheme could go worldwide

TC9) If we use social control like in MFI loan groups, the group being responsible about correct tree count, fraud might be minimal.
TC10) If we could have a tree count from the air or space (before + after situation) we could minimize the carbon footprint of monitoring

TC11) If we discourage monoculture and single species plantations and encourage endemic trees we will further biodiversity
TC12) If we support planting of traditional food “forests” around the homes, people could harvest most of their daily needs from there
TC13) If we promote agroforestry, the use of nitrogen binding trees for fertilizer, tropical farmers might triple their output
TC14) If we promote high yielding fruit, nut, rubber, coffee, medicinal and timber tree crops, a good income could be generated
TC15) While we should give most of the biomass back to the earth, some can be used in power plants and in wood saving stoves.

TC16) If we plant trees, our home environment will be shaded and our regional climate and rainfall will be stabilized

TC17) If we use wood + wood products to produce durable goods, like houses, cars, furniture and toys, the CO2 will stay locked-in, long term
TC18) “If we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.” Prof. Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement

Practical action
TreeCredits principles have been introduced into the ongoing OARM (see ) rainforest replanting programmes, as that in the latest planting high yielding fruit, coconut and rubber trees have been mixed with the endemic jungle spieces, to secure a future food and income for the village. In Trichy TN India, Anisha permalink a local NGO/ MFI, has started a tree nursery and model food garden, and will introduce excess to a full tree-credits program soon.

So, not too many practical results yet, but at least each step of the plan is already working well, look at MFIs, “Community Development”, agricultural extension, agroforestry consultants, MFI crowd funding, like KIVA , CDM carbon credits, and I known all these fields first hand.

Innovative in the tree credit concept are:

  • micro-investing, suitable for tree growing
  • the standardized “pay-per-tree” practice
  • the commercial operation and marketing

To further work out (and start up!) these systems we would welcome an external grand.

Each part of this concept has been designed with the following question in mind:

Will this scheme become part of a global solution with a small carbon footprint and with simple and transparent implementation and monitoring systems, or be a part of the problem, (as so many do)? Will it bring peace and harmony?

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