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
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
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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