Reforestation and protection of the existing rainforest

We have started our operations in the Mai Ndombe province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Five villages, (Duma 1, Duma 2, Bomanga, Boliano och Bokungu), have after careful consideration and thorough studies in the Mai Ndombe province been chosen as startup-sites for the activities. The operations are already under way after the signing of accords between the 5 villages and United Eco Solutions and its local partner in Congo in February 2024.

The studies preformed on the ground showed...

…a considerable deforestation in the area due to mostly two reasons, the production of charcoal and an extensive exploration by the local communities driven by damaging agriculture methods. The application of poorly executed monoculture agriculture making the ground unfertile after a few years urges the farmers to search for other fertile land. The misconception that fertile land is only found in the rainforest has led to extensive reduction of the rainforest over the years, thus creating immense areas of fallow, unused land and a continuing reduction of the rainforest in the search for more fertile land.

In 20 years, more than 3000 hectares of rainforest have been deforested near the five villages where we operate. We plan to replant 2000 hectares of forest with “agroforestry” over the next 40 years.

Something must be done to stop the deforestation of the rainforest

We have, after careful preformed studies of our experts, chosen agroforestry as a method to protect the existing rainforest as well as increasing the size of the forest.

This causes double effects in the fight against climate change, protecting the existing rainforest from further deforestation as well as further carbon sequestration in the forest planted. We have though for now only chosen to count the planted trees in our calculations as eligible carbon credits and see the protected rainforest as “a bonus on the house”.

We will in the future maybe also include the protection of the rainforest in the carbon credits, but we will first do an inventory of the forest and see how it goes from there.

This will come later. We will start with the tree planting / Agroforestery for the carbon credits during the first years.

Agroforestry in connection to existing forest

We have chosen to perform an agroforestry on the fallow land in the connection to the existing, untouched forest, thus performing a natural protecting area for the existing, untouched rainforest from deforestation. We have chosen big, natural trees that grows in the existing rainforest with great sequestration capabilities that also grows fast. We are starting with 500 Wenge trees accompanied by 1100 cacao trees on each hectare.

Meetings together with the population for the activities, working for the SDGs

The cacao trees, needing the shadow of the great wenge trees to be able to flourish, will create a natural protection for the wenge trees since the population won’t cut down the planted wenge trees in the future and thus damaging their future income from the cacao trees if they lose their needed shadow protection. We will also help the population to plant other plants in between the trees that grows fast, enabling them to get proper nourishment and an income and in just a few months. Our local coordinator and experienced expert will be accompanying the population every step of the way.

The population will also get further income every three months in their activities of taking care of the planted trees, thus creating an additional incentive to keep accompanying the trees in their growth until they reach an age of 4 years. 

The global goals for sustainable development

The population will benefit from the activities in several ways, thereby fulfilling 12 of the UN’s sustainable development goals as briefly explained below:

Together with the local communities for fulfilling the MDGs