Graine de Vie, Reforestation in Africa -Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established by United Nations as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There are 17 goals in total and this project is aligned to the following SDG goals:

UN Sustainable Development Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhereUN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero HungerUN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impactsUN Sustainable Development Goal 15:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity lossUN Sustainable Development Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development 



SDG 1: No Poverty
Graine de Vie has created employment for 450 local staff in Africa and hires thousands of seasonal workers during the plantation period.  The NGO puts a lot of emphasis on fighting gender exclusion and hires many women to work in tree nurseries.  To help eradicate poverty, revenue generating trees are planted in the villages: cocoa, coffee, Ravensara, clove, citrus, etc.  

SDG 2: Zero Hunger
Providing employment to the local population gives them more opportunity to source essential food and drinking water.  Graine de Vie hires only local staff in the villages surrounding reforestation areas.  In addition, the NGO provides villagers with free seeds and seedlings of fruit trees to be planted on their properties providing a sustainable source of food for families.

SDG 13: Climate Action
To date, in over a 10-year period Graine de Vie has planted more than 25 million trees, absorbing an estimated 100,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. Reforestation of these vast territories has a direct impact on earth capacity to absorb more CO2.

SDG 15: Life on Land 
According to the IPCC list, Madagascar is one of the countries most exposed to the effects of global warming.  2% of the country’s national forests are destroyed every year, mostly by forest fires and human activities.  Graine de Vie organises on-going activities educating locals about the need for forest protection and plants millions of trees every year in 743 reforestation areas, respecting biodiversity with 135 tree species planted.  In addition, 9 projects of mangrove forest restoration and rehabilitation were completed to date. 

SDG 17: Partnerships for Goals
Graine de Vie partners with European sponsors to finance all reforestation projects.  On the ground in Africa the organisation mobilises local resources to achieve its objectives.  New partnerships are established on a continuous basis.  Currently many partnerships are formed with municipalities organising activities in schools to educate children about the importance of forests. The Graine de Vie partnership with Madagascar National Parks (MNP) includes reforestation and forest protection projects with 11 national parks. By partnering with the Malagasy Army, Graine de Vie has planted 10 million trees on 10,000 hectares around the country.