Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems

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Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Empower 41 communities to restore their ecosystems
Camp Greenpop - Reforest Fest 2022
Camp Greenpop - Reforest Fest 2022
Dear Earth Restorers, 
We are thrilled to share with you some inspiring updates from the ecosystem restoration movement. Here are just some of the restoration projects and activities that YOUR generous support is making possible.  
 
The story of a regenerative African farm

Andrew Bowker from Camp Reedsdale Regeneration in South Africa is breaking with generations of farming tradition and boldly embracing a regenerative land management strategy, paving the way for other farmers in the drought-stricken area who are brave enough to follow in his footsteps. Read the blogpost here

 

Rainwater harvesting in the desert

Camp Khalifah in Mzouda, Morocco has finally experienced rainfall after a year-long drought. And, thanks to dedicated camp workers Lahcen and Moha, the camp was able to reap the benefits of the precious rainfall by capturing and redirecting its flow, slowing it down long enough to seep into the ground and benefit this very thirsty soil in dire need of a drink. The next step is to get trees planted along the swales. Step by step, with patience and dedication, Camp Khalifah is regreening this desert while improving local communities' livelihoods. 

 

Reforest Fest near the southern tip of Africa

Around 800 participants planted an astounding 5,064 trees in three days at Camp Greenpop's annual Autumn festival held in South Africa in early April. The fun-filled weekend included empowering workshops, talks and a line-up of South Africa's top musicians. Scroll through further snapshots from this event on Greenpop's Facebook page. Greenpop's next camp - Eden Festival of Action - is all set to take place in late September.

 

Reforestation Fireside Chats - Camp Desperto and Camp Doku in conversation with John D. Liu

Our founder, John Dennis Liu, has recently been in conversation with Ziyu Chan from Camp Doku, located in the Malaysian region of the island of Borneo, and with Gaby & Michel from Camp Desperto, located in Caçapava, Brazil. You can catch these recordings on our YouTube channel and hear how these camps are working to reforest their local region.

 

Fighting fire with cacti in Bolivia

Camp Chocaya in Bolivia, is making fire prevention a top priority by planting cacti to act as living buffers to brush fires. During the dry season, Lloque trees (Kageneckia lanceolata) - endangered in Bolivia and Peru - are especially susceptible to burning. So Camp Chocaya, along with 5 community volunteers are on a fire prevention mission by employing this innovative and environmentally sustainable solution. Even though the cacti won't reach full maturity for 5 years, they will still add value to many other ecosystem services.

 

THANK YOU - from all the Ecosystem Restoration Camps around the world - for being a part of our mighty movement.

If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing up for our newsletter so we can keep you more regularly updated with inspiring news coming from the camps. You will also receive invitations to our exclusive 'Fireside Chat' sessions which feature a different camp manager each month!

 

Together, we are restoring the earth.

 

With gratitude,

Cath, Cristina, and the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Team

Camp Khalifah - water infiltration
Camp Khalifah - water infiltration
Camp Reedsdale Regeneration - land management
Camp Reedsdale Regeneration - land management
Camp Chocaya - cactus planting in action
Camp Chocaya - cactus planting in action

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Volunteers planting trees at Camp Altiplano
Volunteers planting trees at Camp Altiplano

Dear Earth Restorers,

As we enter the new year, we are filled with gratitude for all the amazing results that we achieved together in 2021!  

  • We've grown from 37 camps at the end of 2020 to 47 camps in January 2022
  • 1,367,156 trees have been planted at our camps to date
  • 14,984 volunteers (we call them campers) have joined the work of restoring ecosystem functions at our camps
  • We've directed € 100,256 to our network of camps
  • We've invested € 69,055 in building and expanding educational and knowledge-sharing services for camps, and an additional € 84.704 in other support services for camps such as marketing and communications.
  • With the support of Zendesk we've launched our Knowledge Exchange Centre - an online knowledge hub for ecosystem restoration. We are still in the Beta-phase, but the platform will be freely accessible in 2022.
  • We've launched a pilot Monitoring & Evaluation program at six camps to test and improve restoration techniques through adaptive land management.

Thank YOU for making all of this possible!

Here are some of the success stories your support has helped achieve:

Camp Contour Lines in Guatemala is supporting community-led agriculture in 27 communities around Livingston, and 55 communities across the country. They have planted thousands of trees and empowered hundreds of local families to establish regenerative agroforestry systems. These agroforestry systems are replacing destructive slash and burn agriculture practices, and providing the community with sustainable livelihoods.

At Camp Dryland Solutions in Somalia, the country's first-ever Permaculture Design Certificate Course took place in October. We can now count on a group of 11 trained practitioners and volunteers who have the right mindset and skills to restore the degraded ecosystems of Somalia and improve the livelihoods of local communities.

Camp Altiplano in Spain is planting thousands of trees with the help of local and international volunteers. The trees are restoring the degraded 'high steppe' in the Murcia region of south-eastern Spain. The camp is creating an example of a mixed regenerative agroforestry system that will serve as an educational hub for local farmers, while also capturing carbon in the soil and proving that this type of farming is economically viable.

Thank you - from all the Ecosystem Restoration Camps around the world - for being a part of our mighty movement.

If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing up for our newsletter so we can keep you updated with inspiring news coming from the camps. You will also have access to our exclusive 'Fireside Chat' sessions, hosted by our founder John D. Liu and a different camp manager each month!

 

Together, we are restoring the earth. 

Best wishes,
Cath, Cristina, and the ERC Team

Women planting fruit trees at Camp Contour Lines
Women planting fruit trees at Camp Contour Lines
Converting monoculture fields - Camp Contour Lines
Converting monoculture fields - Camp Contour Lines
New generations at Camp Dryland Solutions
New generations at Camp Dryland Solutions
Students learn permaculture techniques in Somalia
Students learn permaculture techniques in Somalia
Camp Dryland Solutions Permaculture Design Course
Camp Dryland Solutions Permaculture Design Course
Volunteer planting trees at Camp Altiplano
Volunteer planting trees at Camp Altiplano

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Location: Diepenveen, PD - Netherlands
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Cristina Pianca
Joppe, Gelderland Netherlands
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