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We’re working to replant the forests, one seed at a time

WithOneSeed is a social enterprise that is taking action on climate change through community forestry in Timor Leste and through climate change education initiatives in Australia. These initiatives work to make environments sustainable, to end poverty and hunger, to build knowledge and to create regional partnerships. WithOneSeed aligns its work with the UN Sustainable DevelopmentGoals.

WithOneSeed has 3 core community forestry activities

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1. Planting and maintaining trees

WithOneSeed has a  partner enterprise called Ho Musan Ida, which means ‘with one seed’ in Tetum, to lead and manage the community forestry program in Baguia, Timor Leste.

Ho Musan Ida works with subsistence farming communities to generate an income from planting and maintaining trees on their land and as an extension to build local economies, boost education and training, and deliver social and economic participation. Ho Musan Ida supports

2. Certification

WithOnSeed is the first internationally certified carbon program in Timor-Leste.  It is certified by the Gold Standard Foundation A&R standard.  Following the Gold Standard certification requirements has introduced a rigorous and transparent process that is followed by all involved in the program.  An annual tree count is undertaken and this information is used to calculate the carbon sequestration and also to determine farmer payments each year.

A key element of the WithOneSeed concept of getting subsistence farming communities to re-establish and maintain the forests where they live was to develop a certified carbon sink that would allow the farming community to derive an income through sales of carbon credits in the international carbon market.

The tree propagation and planting activities of the project have shown that farmers will care for and maintain newly planted trees if there are immediate financial rewards as well as longer-term environmental benefits. Over 700 farmers are now receiving annual payments for the trees that are looking after.

WithOneSeed has partnered with Ramp Carbon and Baker McKenzie to attain Gold Standard Afforestation/Reforestation Certification.

3. Tree farmer training

Train the trainer programs in agroforestry and permaculture focus on building the skills and knowledge of Baguia tree farmers.

WithOneSeed has partnered with the Australian Agroforestry Foundation to deliver their Master Tree Growers’ Course in Baguia.  This training, that has been successfully delivered in Australia, Africa and Indonesia, provide tree farmers with knowledge and skills to manage the new forest that is being created in Baguia.

The ‘train the trainer’ model encourages participants to train others in the Master Tree Grower concepts.

Progress to date

  • By the end of 2017, WithOneSeed will have:
    • approximately 700 participating farmers (5% of the Baguia population)
    • over 110,000 trees planted and under management, increasing by 20,000 trees per year
    • removed more than 78,000 tonnes of CO2e from the atmosphere
    • 13 community-based propagation nurseries under management
    • 11 local staff employed by Ho Musan Ida
    • established the Timor-Leste registered Baguia Farmer Cooperative
    • established the Baguia Finance Cooperative
    • successfully undertaken a Gold Standard performance audit
    • maintained an MOU with the Government of Timor-Leste

WithOneSeed's community forestry story in pictures