Thank you for Going Green and supporting our Trees for Change program

By 2028, through the support of our Event Organisers and their Patrons - we will have planted 500,000 trees

Trees for Change

Hi Steven M,

Thank you for Going Green and having your event ticket sent via SMS.

As our thank you, we have planted a tree for you as part of Ticketebo's Trees For Change program.

(Since December 2021 we have planted over 134,000 trees - and by 2028 we will have planted more than 500,000 trees!)

Here are the details of your tree 🌱, and the reforestation project you have supported.

Tree Type: Mangrove
Site Project: Kenya Mangrove Restoration
Region: Mombasa
Country: Kenya
Planting Partner: Veritree + EarthLungs
Tree Order: 664a66551555b2.32752933

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About the Project

Site/Project: Kenya Mangrove Restoration

Background
Coastal Kenya is one of the least developed regions of the country. These communities are dependent on the mangrove ecosystems for employment, livelihood, and nutrition. In recent decades, coastal areas in Southern Kenya have been urbanized at unprecedented rates and mangrove forests converted into other land use. Coupled with lack of effective governance, mangroves were overexploited and overharvested.

Outcome
We are restoring the mangrove forests with the goal of empowering the impoverished coastal community to break the poverty cycle. In restoring the estuary, which is rich in biodiversity, this project will provide fishing grounds and help to create additional income streams. The restored forests will also act as a line of defense against storm surges.

UN Sustainable Development Goals supported

  • 1 - No Poverty
  • 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 13 - Climate Action
  • 15 - Life on Land

About the Project

Site/Project: Kenya Mangrove Restoration

Background
Coastal Kenya is one of the least developed regions of the country. These communities are dependent on the mangrove ecosystems for employment, livelihood, and nutrition. In recent decades, coastal areas in Southern Kenya have been urbanized at unprecedented rates and mangrove forests converted into other land use. Coupled with lack of effective governance, mangroves were overexploited and overharvested.

Outcome
We are restoring the mangrove forests with the goal of empowering the impoverished coastal community to break the poverty cycle. In restoring the estuary, which is rich in biodiversity, this project will provide fishing grounds and help to create additional income streams. The restored forests will also act as a line of defense against storm surges.

UN Sustainable Development Goals supported

  • 1 - No Poverty
  • 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 13 - Climate Action
  • 15 - Life on Land

What’s The Impact?

People in subsistence communities like Mombasa Kenya are often faced with the choice of feeding their family by cutting down the trees to sell for charcoal or going hungry. By providing jobs and giving the communities an incentive to restore and protect the forest rather than cutting it down, they can earn a living while also restoring the land.

Environmental:

  • Mangrove forests store more carbon than any other ecosystem (up to four times more than tropical rainforests), mitigating climate change.
  • Mangrove forests protect biodiversity by restoring critical coastal habitats:
    • their root systems are a breeding ground and habitat for shrimp, crab and shellfish
    • they provide nesting for monkeys, fishing cats, lizards, sea turtles and crocodiles
  • Healthy mangroves create a natural buffer between land and sea, stabilizing the shoreline, protecting against erosion, and wave action.

Social:

  • Employment created for hundreds of people, improving livelihoods and breaking cycles of poverty.
  • Empower the local community in the restoration and protection of their land and people, educating them about the impact the mangrove deforestation has on the land, fishing industry and more.

Read more on the benefits of Mangrove planting

Where we are planting verified trees

    Mteza Creek

    Kenya

    Forest Type: Kenya Mangrove

    Located on the Likoni river delta, this mangrove forest helps stabilize and protect the landscape from erosion and creates valuable nurseries in a unique ecosystem.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    "Nature-Based Solutions" is a technical term that simply describes an action that results in either avoided deforestation or enhancing a carbon sink through reforestation or ecosystem restoration. According to analysis by the World Economic Forum and McKinsey, Nature-Based Solutions are a cost-effective means to deliver up to one-third of the emissions reduction needed by 2030 as part of the net zero transition to achieve a 2-degree pathway. Moreover, investment in Nature-Based Solutions, when done well, can accrue co-benefits that help address other societal challenges while being good for business, people, and nature. However, when done badly, the investment may do more harm than good.

    Veritree works with planting organizations across the globe to verify Nature-based Solutions (NbS) projects. We are initially launching the platform with planting projects in Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, United States, and Tanzania with plans to quickly expand to more sites in the coming months. The veritree platform was built to be easily used by any restoration practitioner looking to develop and operate high-quality NbS projects. Our ground-level monitoring tools enable any planting organizations in any location in the world to scale NbS. This enables to connect planting organizations with corporate partners and donors to support their restoration initiatives.

    Approximately 10% of the funding for tree planting goes to protecting the forest for the initial 3-5 years - the critical years where trees are most vulnerable. We also establish buffer pools to cover any potential abnormal losses. But veritree goes beyond simply allocating money. We work closely with the local communities to showcase the immense value newly planted forests bring to their families. Through education and by involving them in the monitoring and reporting process, we find local communities quickly develop a deep sense of ownership and pride over their trees, leading to effective management over the long-term, keeping forests not just alive, but keeping them thriving.

    Let's start off by acknowledging that carbon accounting is extremely challenging and accounting for carbon sinks is still an evolving practice! Our current estimates are based upon averages derived from a cross-section of studies conducted on mangrove ecosystems in equatorial regions focusing on countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, and Acadian ecosystems in Eastern Canada. The following variables are taken into consideration when we estimate carbon sequestration rate: i) species planted (including maturity age of the tree species), ii) forest type, iii) region, and iv) average tree survivability. Based on these variables, carbon sequestration is first calculated at the hectare level and includes above ground carbon (leaves, plant biomass, stumps, etc.), below ground carbon (roots, debris, etc.), and soil carbon (carbon that has been affixed to the soil). Carbon sequestration estimates are then quantified at the per tree level based on forecasted planting densities. When primary data are not available, as a general rule of thumb, veritree uses a conservative set of secondary data, proxy data or assumptions to ensure that we are not overestimating the carbon sequestration rate resulted from our projects. Moreover, we use data collected at the site-level to validate or adjust our estimations and we will continue to improve our estimation method through building partnership with academics in this space. It is also important to note that veritree currently does not offer carbon credits as part of our service due to uncertainties around carbon credits and accounting of carbon sinks. While we have referenced credible academic papers to arrive at our best estimate of carbon sequestration resulting from our project portfolio, we acknowledge there are limitations and uncertainties based on our current estimation methodology. As such, we will continue to improve our estimation method through building partnership with academics in this space.
    Source: Jones, Trevor G., Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, Garth Cripps, and Adia Bey. "Ecological variability and carbon stock estimates of mangrove ecosystems in northwestern Madagascar." Forests 5, no. 1 (2014): 177-205. Benson, Lisa, et al. Mangrove Carbon Stocks and Ecosystem Cover Dynamics in Southwest Madagascar and the Implications for Local Management, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 31 May 2017, https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/8/6/190/pdf.

    Additionality and permanence are critical to ensuring we are actually having an impact (not just doing something that would have happened anyway), and that the impact we have is long lasting. To ensure additionality, each tree planted through veritree platform has its own unique QR code to make sure that it is new.