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Tree Update Episode 20

Dear Ecosians, welcome to this tree update and it’s a very special tree update because it’s the 20th time I’m talking to you about our projects. The first project I want to talk about is the project we do with Fundación DIA in Nicaragua. Two years ago, we worked for the first time to restore mountain slopes as well as to do agroforestry systems in the valley. Gilberto, the leader of Fundación DIA said “I want to add an additional sustainability element to our work, why don’t we set up an agroforestry systems in the valley that over five or six years also pays back their investment so we can plant even more trees.” And we found this a very interesting idea from Gilberto. So in the past months, we have been working with him to make a business plan to plant agroforestry systems in Nicaragua with different products that pay back their investment, so we can plant more trees in Nicaragua or other places. This is going to be a very interesting lesson for us here at Ecosia. I’m really looking forward to this engagement. From our side it was mainly Edmond Muller, the second tree planting officer at Ecosia, who worked with Fundacion DIA to make this plan. Edmond is at the moment in Kenya. Let’s have a look at how he’s doing. I’m now in Kenya to check on your trees. Actually, I’m standing now in one of the tree nurseries of the Green Belt Movement, one of our local partners. Together with the Green Belt Movement, we have planted 800,000 trees in the main water catchment areas of Kenya. These areas are crucial as water supplies to the rivers in Kenya. Tree roots play a vital role in this because the tree roots capture the water and slowly release it to the rivers, providing millions of Kenyans with clean fresh water. Not only Kenyans but also people in Egypt, because this river flows all the way from Kenya to Egypt, to the Nile in Egypt. The last few days I’ve been visiting various plantations and I’m really impressed by the results. All thanks to your searches. Thank you Edmond, that’s a great update! From Kenya, in the east of Africa, we’re now going to Ghana in the west. There we work together with TREEAID to restore the banks of the river Daka. Together with the communities that live next to the river, we are restoring the banks to avoid runoff and erosion of very valuable soil into the river. This is the second year we’re working together here and look at the great progress we’re making here in the second rainy season in Ghana. If, from Ghana, you go north, you get to Burkina Faso and this is the last project I want to talk about. As you know, Burkina Faso is one of our biggest projects. Millions of trees have already been planted there because of your use of Ecosia. Now we said we want to go the extra mile. How can we make sure that the regained fertile soils will actually also be productive for the people, in a very smart way, in collaboration with nature? So Ecosia hired Ludovic Bourdon, who is a regenerative agriculture expert and he is now working in Burkina Faso to make that happen and he will give you an update right now of his work. We’re working here since the beginning of the year. Here we are dealing with major erosion patterns, so we had to build these well systems which are big ditches on contour to harvest the water. We had a big rain yesterday, so you can see how it works. We had a lot of infiltration over the night already. Around mainly the agroforestry site, we have 3 kilometers of swell system like this. We’re harvesting around 1 million liters when the system is full. This will allow us to infiltrate water, plant trees, rows of trees, so grow a forest system on either side of the swell system and in between. You can see on the left here, we planted some beans and sesame. Beans is to add carbon and nitrogen to the ground – because the soil is very poor here. All around the 3 kilometers of the swell system – which will be 6 kilometers because we’ll be doing 3 km on the downside and upside of it – we’ll be planting rows of trees too, so it’s going to be a very diverse ecosystem. So here’s the work we’re doing here with Hommes et Terre, the partner of Ecosisa. And there’s a lot more to be done under a very hot sun and I hope to see you soon. Bye! Thank you Ecosians, for watching this 20th tree update. Many more will come. I’m very happy we can inform you about the progress in our projects through these updates and also that we can communicate with each other about the progress they’re making.


  1. Sherry Ann Sinda Author

    Thank you for this update. Really appreciate all your efforts and for allowing us to be part of the solution (in our own little way) by installing #Ecosia and using this search engine. Thank you! We hope more initiatives will come out so that people like me, who has no connection to big organisations, but with a huge desire to help save our environment can do something about it.

  2. Pathfinder0708962 Author

    I am currently a dependent going through college and every day, I hear more and more about governments doing nothing in the face of climate change, some even almost laughing at it (looking at you, Trump). When I first heard about this website, I almost couldn’t believe it. I want to thank you guys for taking the initiative and for showing us the progress you are making on these different fronts. I’m not religious, but God bless you guys.

  3. Ben Badgley Author

    Woot! Some of my trees are helping them plant beans! Yay! 🙂 That is great! Got to have plenty of beans. They help the soil as well as offer protein when eaten. Surplus beans can also be traded, bartered, sold to help in others ways as well. 🙂 I need to do more searching on Ecosia. My 11 trees so far need to become more in number. Would love to leave a thriving forest behind to help improve the lives of others. Besides that trees help clean our air, clean the air I'm sure water likely gets clean too.

  4. Liqht Raise Author

    I am really satisfied to find this video has been viewed 30,000 times… Most of them as Ecosia users, presumably. And its doubtful everyone involved clicked the link.

    Guys, we actually have a huge movement here. I was almost afraid Ecosia was unknown. My surprise!

  5. Quinton Beck Author

    I don't mean this in an insulting way, but maybe it would be better to have them speak in French and provide English subtitles? It seems to be difficult for them to communicate in English. It is just an idea.

  6. •Akuma• Author

    I am proud that I have helped in planting trees just by searching. I love your project and I hope it would play a large role in saving the earth!

  7. Vĩnh Tâm Khâu Author

    You can show ads in your videos on YouTube, I and many Ecosian are happy to click on the ads to support you, and we will have more trees too.

  8. Jai Mishra Author

    Please everyone plant trees by donating to the "Eden reforestation project ".it plants 10 trees per dollar. Its not fake. You can visit their website.

  9. Winona Sebastian Author

    So far, I have 400 searches. Let's help save the world with our small acts. Our small acts combined will make this much difference. I hope to have more searches. I hope you'll have more searches too.

  10. Ariel Cerros Author

    Amazing job! Come to La Mosquitia, Honduras! Is a neighbor community of Nicaragua. It is losing trees at a fast pace and we need to restore forest. I hope you can start a similar project as the one in Nicaragua

  11. Muffin Mcmuffin Author

    I once read that if we planted 100 million trees the entire climate change process could be reversed. ecosia has supposedly planted 70 million yet there climate change is no where close to being reversed. whats going on?

  12. nikki smuts Author

    We joined Ecosia this week from South Africa :))) Please come and work here too… We have some projects here, but not enough. Many unemployed youth… so quite high crime. I believe planting trees is part of the solution- :)))))))

  13. Grace Author

    Do updates on the trees in Indonesia too please! We're having a SEVERE forest fires that the sky even turns "red" (look it up if needed).We need MORE trees asap.Thank you

  14. Marci Belle Author

    When I saw the notification at the top of the page stating that as a collective, trees are also planted in Nicaragua, my heart swelled with joy. My parents are Nicaraguan and most of my relatives still live there. This is wonderful. Thank you Ecosia. <3


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