Ectomycorrhizal Reforestation Project

Our 5-year project engages local communities to restore 100 hectares of degraded forest in Thailand. Beyond conventional reforestation, we deliver social impact and rigorous climate impact assessment.

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Native Species Reforestation Foundation

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Social causes

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SDGs covered

Market of Implementation

  • Thailand

Problem

Reforestation is a nature-based solution to addressing the climate crisis. However there are two barriers to successful reforestation projects in general Thailand: 1) Existing and conventional reforestation methods do not achieve high survival rates, with success rates as low as 5% 2) Lack of engagement of local communities to attain their buy-in for the long term sustainability and protection reforested areas. Our project employs myco-reforestation methods and connects the long term well-being of the forest with tangible benefits for communities neighboring reforested areas, to improve their living standard in both short and long term.

Solution

Our project incorporates valuable and favorable local wild edible mushrooms as an incentive to engage local communities and stakeholders to restore community forests. In turn, we will also work to stop detrimental behaviors of burning or destroying the forest, which reduces the population of mushrooms. These ectomycorrhizal mushrooms do not only benefit the communities, but also help the forest grow faster by enhancing the survival rate of inoculated seedlings, strengthening their health, and improving the soil ecosystem. In our program, communities will learn how to inoculate edible ectomycorrhizal fungi to host seedlings, expecting to harvest mushrooms in 3-4 years, and to properly cultivate and transplant the seedlings in the project area. To support the sustainability of reforestation, the team will work with local communities for 5 years. We will assist and provide them with the necessary resources, from environmentally friendly project demonstration sites set-ups, to effective post-planting maintenance, which includes risks prevention for events such as forest fires.

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