Global Villages Raise Local Forests
It is an honor for us to have Right Livelihood award winner and forest maker Tony Rinaudo as an advisor to Spades. Hundreds of thousands of farmers and their families are prospering thanks to his discovery of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). Because of his work, six million hectares of Niger’s denuded farmland have seen tree density increase from four to 40 trees per hectare since 1980. This is only one example of his inspiring work.
Working in partnership with large tree regrowers worldwide is vital to planting billions of trees.
Living forests provide valuable opportunities for stakeholders interested in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, sustainable development goals (SDGs), impact investing, conservation and natural resources, and future generations as a whole. No organization can regreen the earth alone. Therefore, Spades partners with the best and most innovative partners in the world to plan, finance, implement, and monitor projects. We share with our partners the goal to change the environments and lives of communities and the overall planet.
Spades’ regreening partners include many of the world’s largest growers. As a network, they already regrow most of the trees globally, over 250 million per year. Nearly one billion trees have already been planted and restored by one of our nonprofit partners.
Our partners are organizations that understand that developing economies have their own inherent risk. They also keenly understand the importance of collaborating with communities and delivering co-benefits. By partnering with organizations that employ people living in extreme poverty to produce, plant, and protect tens of millions of trees every month, together we can create new opportunities for them to achieve economic self-sufficiency, improved health, and education.
These organizations know the local face of communities and governments, smallholder farmers and pastoral peoples, and the geography of the landscape. They have deep local relationships to advance and support projects to accelerate regreening to benefit people, the environment, and economics. Their expert knowledge and unique skills include:
- Growing techniques: Agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR), Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR)
- Local community needs: Renewable fuel, sustainable wood stocks, fruits, nuts, medicinals, oils
- Ecosystems: Arid land solutions, biodiverse forest habitats, blue carbon, sea trees, grasslands
- Landscape restoration: Natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation, mining, disasters, and climate change
- Carbon offsets
Ecofit™ biotech takes the guesswork out of tree-growing success. It has been laboratory tested across over 400 species in 30 ecosystems globally, including forest types in swampland, moist forests, dry deciduous, dry savannahs, and arid and semi-arid lands – at elevation and sea level. Ecofit decodes the environmental and ecosystem strengths and weaknesses of plants to help prevent plant failures. Results delivered a correlation coefficient averaging 0.95. Trials on other plants are showing similar promising results.
The presence of forests allows for the maintenance of human health, the preservation of indigenous cultures, timber plantings, agroforestry, microclimates, carbon sequestration and storage, water and food sources, and many other benefits, which makes Ecofit crucial for large-scale reforestation projects.
Spades supports regreening efforts globally with:
- Consulting and planning
- Financing and transparency
- Project management and leadership
Our company is proud to be a part of Initiative 20×20, a country-led effort designed to transform the dynamics of land degradation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Launched at COP 20 in Lima in 2014, the initiative supports the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests, global commitments to restore 350 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030.
Growers’ Global Footprint Spans 4 Continents and 40+ Countries
Other Services Bundled with Spades’ Offerings
- SaaS and TaaS apps
- Satellite data sources
- Testing labs
- Contract frustration
- Political risk
- Environmental risk
- Carbon floor pricing
- Standards and audits
- Forest auditors
- Financial auditors
- Carbon auditors
- Environmental law
- Contract law
- International law
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela