3.05 - Do you provide maintenance for the trees and for how long?
Trees receive the required maintenance and care to help them grow healthy. However project management techniques vary for each project.
Depending on the projects and the species, there is more or less maintenance to be carried out to guarantee the trees survival. We put most focus in the first 2 years where tree growth and survival is more challenging, and usually replant when needed. In some very low-cost projects however it is more economical to perform no maintenance but to systematically plant extra trees in order to guarantee a certain quantity of trees to reach adulthood. We guarantee survivability by planting above 50% of extra trees in such projects and, globally on all projects, we also maintain a 10% extra tree margin on total planting volumes.
Maintenance consists of regular visits by forestry experts to the planting sites and technical help given to the landowners. Unlike certified projects that provide a direct financial incentive on the survival of the tree (landowners are paid if the tree survives), non-certified projects will base their financial incentive on the direct benefits of the planted trees. For such projects, species selection and project management are some of the most important aspects for maintenance as most planted trees are meant to be useful and economically beneficial for landowners (either by their fruits, wood or by-products), thus creating a natural financial incentive to take care of the trees all along their productive life. But also a good incentive to keep planting more trees.
Tree maintenance is included in the price displayed, so there are no additional costs for our sponsors.