Simple action. Many people. Big impact.

WithOneSeed is the first Gold Standard verified carbon forestry program in Timor Leste. It is working with subsistence  farming communities to replant their forests thereby creating a carbon store to build local economies, deliver practical education and training in agroforestry and permaculture to create a more sustainable, equal and just world.

WithOneSeed has four commitments

Community ForestryCommunity Forestry
Climate Change EducationClimate Change Education
Economic ParticipationEconomic Participation
Regional PartnershipsRegional Partnerships


WithOneSeed is developing capacity for subsistence communities to build local economies, participate in environmental education and establish partnerships to produce a more equal and just world.

It’s about climate justice, sustaining development and achieving climate regulation at local and national levels in Timor-Leste. WithOneSeed supports 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Our long-term vision is to build village-based economies using environmental practices that are viable and support sustainable living. Putting an earned dollar in a persons pocket empowers them to make decisions for their own future.  It is beyond charity and aid.

Today, Timor-Leste is an oil/gas dependent economy. This is not sustainable in the medium to long-term. Planting trees today will allow the country to have viable economic alternatives tomorrow.

We plan to plant 1,000,000+ trees by replicating the Community Tree Cooperative model across Timor-Leste.

The WithOneSeed model documentation will be made available to other Asia-Pacific countries under Creative-Commons ethos.


Our approach is simple in its theory and application. We’re planting trees and planting ideas. Our innovation comes from the annual incentive payments made to subsistence farmers who maintain the trees. If a subsistence farmer has to choose between planting a cash crop or planting trees that may take 20 years to provide a financial return, the choice is obvious. However, if we can make a cash crop from trees that sequester carbon, the equation is quite different.

“To put an ‘earned’ dollar is someone’s pocket give them the power to determine their own future. WithOneSeed supports communities to move beyond charity and aid by delivering opportunities for communities and individuals to become economically independent”.  Andrew Mahar AM Co-founder WithOneSeed

Our other initiatives


WithOneSeed staff team in Baguia, Timor-Leste. This team has coordinated the planting of over 150,000 trees over the past 6 years. These trees have sequestered nearly 50,000 tonnes of Co2e. You can join the party. Offset your 16.7 tonnes of carbon and become a climate changer like the Baguia tree farmers. ... See MoreSee Less

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The forest is growing.
To date we have:
- 700 subsistence farmers engaged in tree farming and management, which is just over 5% of the population is directly engaged an estimated 25% of the population indirectly benefiting.
- contributed nearly US$60,000 into the Baguia economy in 2016/7 to pay farmers to manage the trees and run the program.
- planted over 150,000 high-quality hardwood trees (since 2010)
- sequestered nearly 50,000 tonnes of CO2e (since 2010)
- received Gold Standard performance verification (April 2017)
- established an MOU with the government of Timor-Leste
- established 13 village based propagation nurseries
- employ 11 staff in Baguia making WithOneSeed the biggest employer outside of government.
- supports 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- delivered the Australian Master Tree Growers training.
- established the Baguia Tree Farmers Cooperative
The Baguia farming communities are doing their bit to address climate change. Help them by offsetting your carbon footprint
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See where the trees are planted in Baguia, Timor Leste

Click on a flag to get more information on trees planted by farmers as part of WithOneSeed’s community forestry cooperative

Current activities

subsistence farmers, or %5 of population, planting and maintaining trees
trees planted and under management.
tonnes of carbon captured to 2017
tonnes of carbon projected to be captured to 2039.
village-based plant nurseries designed to propagate 3,000 seedlings each year

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Do you know

EnergyDo you know that renewable energy is cheaper to produce than energy from fossil fuels?

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