Good news and pictures from Madagascar

Good news and pictures from Madagascar

We have begun calendar year 2020 and it is with good news and fresh pictures from Madagascar!

In 2019 we planted a total of 34 hectares of mangrove forest, some of which can be seen in the pictures above. We are very proud of that achievement.

The picture on the left shows the wetland where the mangrove trees are planted. In the picture on the right you can see how the soil in some places needs trees with strong roots to alleviate erosion – for this the mangrove trees play their part.

Eden Projects document the work by taking pictures, so we can keep an eye on this at a distance (we are very satisfied with this agreement!). The photos above are from October as it takes some time to get the photos from the field back to Eden Project’s local headquarters in Mahajanga.

Som det kan ses på billederne herunder, benytter man (udover fotografens kamera 😉) den teknologi, man har til rådighed – dvs. ingen high tech waders eller tablets – og det vil også sige, at donationerne går fuldstændigt til træplantning, ikke til teknologileverandører eller andet godtfolk. Vi er i sandhed i gang med at starte noget nyt og stort op på Madagascar!

And as can be seen in the pictures below, you use (besides the photographer’s camera) the technology you have available – i.e. no high tech waders or tablets – and that means that the donations go fully to tree planting, and not to technology providers or other good people. We are indeed starting something new and big on Madagascar!

When the images arrive at headquarters, they are sent to the Eden Project department in the United States (unless cyclones or other terrible weather render the internet connection difficult – and they have had plenty of terrible weather over the past few months). In the US, the images go through an approval process and then they can be passed on to us. But it is all worth the wait – we really appreciate Eden Projects as a transparent and reliable partner in tree planting.

And last but not least, we’ve just asked Eden Projects to increase the volume from four to five acres per month so at present we expect to plant a total of 60 acres in Madagascar by 2020.

Antsantia, Eden Projects

Antsantia, Eden Projects

Mangrove forest in Madagascar with Eden Projects status update

by Peter Esmann | 20. November 2019

Since August we have doubled the number of hectares from 2 to 4 hectares per month, from 20,000 to 40,000 mangrove cuttings a month at the Antsanitia site – see pictures of the new mangrove cuttings here. Shortly after we signed the doubling agreement, our donors had paid in such large sums that our enlargement was close to oversubscribed. We have now added an addition to our agreement with Eden so that in future we can increase the plantings if you, dear donors, again help to over-fulfill the agreement. Following the 2019 enlargements, the goal is that Grow For It will continue to plant 4 hectares of mangrove forest by 2020 – every month! Together with the expansion, we were allocated an area which is exclusively for Grow For It. The location means that the local people who plant the mangrove cuttings do not have to go that far every day, and as the area is pre-defined (121 hectares) we also know when we have filled the entire area with mangrove trees. This link provides GPS marking of where Grow For It’s part of the Antsanitia site is located (see also the area boundary on the 121 acres below). This summer, we received new photos from Eden Reforestation Projects from the 18-acre mangrove Ampazony site in Madagascar, which was planted in 2018 with $200-donations, GO-FOR-IT-packages and 300 corporate gifts (more here). Debbie from Eden Projects wrote the following: I also wanted to share some update photos from the Ampazony site. The photos in this folder show the progress on some of the earliest planted trees and additional planting in areas that needed to be filled in after the initial planting. The trees that are now over a year old look amazing! For those who do not know, mangrove forest grows and acts as a kind of nursery for life in the coastal zone, with the roots providing perfect hiding places for small fish. At the same time, the mangrove trees protect ecosystems from storms and waves. The function of the mangrove trees is really well explained here in this video.

Shortly after we signed the doubling agreement, our donors had paid in such large sums that our enlargement was close to oversubscribed. We have now added an addition to our agreement with Eden so that in future we can increase the plantings if you, dear donors, again help to over-fulfill the agreement. Following the 2019 enlargements, the goal is that Grow For It will continue to plant 4 hectares of mangrove forest by 2020 – every month!

Efter udvidelserne i 2019 er målet, at Grow For It i 2020 vil fortsætte med at få plantet 4 hektar mangroveskov – hver måned!

I forbindelse med udvidelsen af aftalen blev vi også tildelt et areal, som kun er til os i Grow For It. Placeringen gør, at de lokale folk, som planter mangrovestiklingerne, ikke har så langt hver dag.

Den klare afgrænsning af arealet (121 hektar) betyder også, at vi ved, hvornår vi har udfyldt hele området med mangrove træer. Dette link giver en GPS markering af, hvor Grow For Its del af Antsanitia-sitet ligger (se også areal-afgrænsningen på de 121 hektar nedenfor).

This summer, we received new photos from Eden Reforestation Projects from the 18-acre mangrove Ampazony site in Madagascar, which was planted in 2018 with $200-donations, GO-FOR-IT-packages and 300 corporate gifts (more here). Debbie from Eden Projects wrote the following:

I also wanted to share some update photos from the Ampazony site. The photos in this folder show the progress on some of the earliest planted trees and additional planting in areas that needed to be filled in after the initial planting. The trees that are now over a year old look amazing! 

For those who do not know, mangrove forest grows and acts as a kind of nursery for life in the coastal zone, with the roots providing perfect hiding places for small fish. At the same time, the mangrove trees protect ecosystems from storms and waves. The function of the mangrove trees is really well explained here in this video.

Adjustment of calculations for the harmful effect of airline travel upon the climate

Adjustment of calculations for the harmful effect of airline travel upon the climate

The Technical University of Gothenburg, Chalmers, has produced a new calculator for air traffic pollution as a function of the length of the journey. The tool has been created due to the harmful effects of increasing air traffic (of which 95% is passenger traffic) on the climate. Link to Chalmers tool here: http://flightemissionmap.org/

Her er Chalmers værktøj: http://flightemissionmap.org

In light of this new tool, we have reviewed our calculations and we have decided to follow Chalmers’ method as the tool is easy to use for us as consumers and because it is based on historical data from 1990-2017. We have made a comparison below of the most popular calculators on CO₂ emissions from air traffic.

With regards to emissions calculations, we recommend to not only look solely at the direct CO₂ emission, but also take into account the effect of the condensation trails that the aircraft leaves, resulting in small cloud formations. This is phenomenon is also called radiative forcing*.

Including the effect of the condensation trails, we land on a figure of about 0.300 kg CO₂-equivalent (CO₂e) emissions per flown kilometer on economy class on average. For the more expensive tickets, the emissions are higher due to fewer passengers per flight. We therefore recommend planting trees equivalent to 300 g CO₂ emitted per kilometer flown.

Analysis 2a: Comparison of CO₂ emissions including the greenhouse effect of condensation trails.

CO₂-emmission in kilogram per person round trip, condensation trails excluded (economy class)

Analysis 1b: Comparison of CO₂ equivalent per km flown, excl. effect of condensation trails:

CO₂ emmission in kilogram per person round trip, condensation trails excluded (economy class)

Analysis 1b: Comparison of CO₂ equivalent per km flown, excl. effect of condensation trails:

Tabel 2a: CO₂emmission in kilogram per person round trip, condensation trails excluded (economy class)

Tabel 2a: CO2 emissions per person, round trip, economy class, incl. condensation trails.

Tabel 2b: kg CO2e emissions per km.

Sources:

Kondensstriber = strålingspåvirkning = Radiative forcing.
https://www.carbonindependent.org/22.html
http://flightemissionmap.org/#Malm%C3%B6/55.61,13.00/170/20000 (Chalmers)
https://www.icao.int/environmentalprotection/CarbonOffset/Pages/default.aspx
https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/see/news/Pages/climate-smart-vacation.aspx