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

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.

Vision

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.

Innovation

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

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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

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village-based plant nurseries designed to propagate 10,000 seedlings per year

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WithOneSeed – Economic participation
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Do you know

TimorDo you know that 90% of Australians have the internet, compared to only 1% of our neighbours in Timor-Leste?

Timor fact #1

EarthDo you know that reforestation improves soil and water quality, reduces soil erosion, and helps to restore natural habitats?

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CO2Do you know that 1,811 tons of CO2 emissions are generated from the internet every minute? That is approximately 2 million tons annually?

Carbon fact #1

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

Energy fact #1

HealthDo you know that more than 400,000 Chinese people die every year from illness and disease related to air pollution?

Health fact #2

EarthDo you know that worldwide in 2012 there were more than 32 million people displaced due to natural disasters? This is 4 million more than the combined populations of Australia and New Zealand.

General environment fact #6

CO2Do you know that in Australia, the food supply chain is responsible for a quarter of our total greenhouse gas emissions, second only to that emitted by power stations?

Carbon fact #4

TechnologyDo you know that worldwide more than 500 computers are purchased every minute?

Technology fact #2

HealthDo you know that more than 400,000 people living in China die every year from illness and disease related to air pollution?

Health fact #4

CO2Do you know that CO2 emissions from global energy consumption reached a record level of 31.6 gigatonnes in 2012?

Carbon fact #6

EarthDo you know that worldwide there are 25 hectares of fertile land being reduced to desert every minute?

General environment fact #1

TechnologyDo you know that it takes more electricity to stream a HD movie over a wireless network than it would have taken to manufacture and ship the DVD?

Technology fact #5

CO2Do you know that trees play a specific and important role in the global carbon cycle by absorbing carbon dioxide during photosynthesis, storing carbon above and belowground, and producing oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis?

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CO2Do you know that 1 minute of YouTube streaming is equivelent to 0.01gm of carbon; that the average YouTube video view is 4 minutes and that there are over 2 billion views a day?

Carbon fact #9

EarthDo you know that worldwide there are more than 19 tons of toxic chemicals released into the environment every minute?

General environment fact #5

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