Ecosia Teams Up With 44.moles To Assess Tree-Planting Projects In Tanzania

Ecosia Teams Up With 44.moles To Assess Tree-Planting Projects In Tanzania - Carbon Herald

Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees, has partnered with 44.moles to assess the health and effectiveness of their tree restoration sites in Tanzania. 

44.moles is a company that specializes in using advanced technology to analyze ecosystems.

44.moles used mobile laser scanners and their proprietary software to conduct detailed studies of eight Ecosia sites managed by the LEAD Foundation. 

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This was the first time this technology was used to evaluate tree-planting projects that rely on a method called Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR).

The first study focused on the structural complexity of the forests. Scientists believe that complex forests are healthier and more biodiverse. This complexity also helps forests withstand challenges like droughts.

44.moles’ analysis indicated that three of the sites could benefit from planting more tree species. One site even had two distinct ecological zones that required separate monitoring. Taking these steps would make the forests more adaptable to changing conditions. 

The other sites showed healthy growth patterns, suggesting that the LEAD Foundation’s methods are effective in promoting natural ecosystems.

Finn Grundmann, Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer of 44.moles, stated: “Overall, these forests are becoming adaptable ecosystems, well-suited to the specific bioclimatic conditions of the region.”

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“By implementing our recommendations, the forest ecosystems  could become even more adaptable, biodiverse, and resistant to threats,” said Grundmann. 

44.moles also conducted a separate study to estimate how much carbon the trees are storing. Because of the dense undergrowth, they only measured carbon stored in trees directly. For the shrubs, they used established methods to estimate carbon storage. 

This analysis revealed that the five sites located further north store more carbon than the three southern sites. To improve carbon capture in the south, 44.moles recommended removing some shrubs around Acacia trees.

These studies are part of Ecosia’s ongoing efforts to track the progress of their tree-planting initiatives. They use data from 44.moles and other monitoring providers to assess the health and effectiveness of their projects. 

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