State: Mato Grosso do Sul
Geo Location: 20¬į31'10.3"S 54¬į23'11.9"W
Location: Amazon Basin
Value per tree: 2.5 ‚ā¨
Ketrawe is all about getting as much trees as we can to the ground at faster rate than trees are chopped out, which means that we are permanently on the field working with farmers and stakeholders.
Usually farmers are blamed for chopping down the forest to expand agricultural fields, so part of our job is to convince farmers that trees are their best allies instead of an enemy that occupies productive land and eats up their yields, that way we get the farmers to join us. With them we have developed and pioneered a unique planting system in which we obtain a hybrid between windshields and traditional tree plantations, this model allows farmers to add value to their land, while they increase their yields and on top of that enhance water conditions, fertility and reduce erosion.
This system has worked beautifully and has proven to be a success story that is being voluntarily and widely adopted by many farmers long before it became a regulation. In addition to that we provide continuous technical support with a team of experienced field technicians, which are capable of helping out in tree planation, maintenance and agricultural matters as well.
The end product is a higher land value, increased income of farmer families, reduction of forest fires, positive environmental and social impact; the key for success has been to balance out a profitable synergy between farmers, agriculture, trees and environment.
In addition to all of the above we want to share a few facts about our activities:
1. More than 2,000,000 trees planted and counting.
2. Planted surface is equivalent to 4,000 ha (40 Km2) which is about the size of Jersey City or Bilbao in Spain.
3. More than 200 farmers and communities are currently benefiting from our trees.
4. Farming yields have raised by an average of at least 11%
We are focusing on 5 main impacts:
1. Afforestation & reforestation project
a. We are getting the forest back in places where the forest was chopped out before november 1994.
b. Areas with natural vegetation are retained or restored as a habitat of wild life and/or biological corridors.
c. The use of exotic species is carefully controlled and rigorously monitored to avoid adverse ecological impacts.
d. The design and planning of our forest plantations promotes the protection and conservation of natural forests, and always decreases the pressure on the natural forests. We take into account for the design of the plantation, the wildlife corridors, protection of riverbeds, etc.
2. Genetic recovery
a. Species like IPE, Curupau and others used to thrive in the amazon basin but most of them have been chopped down because they provide valuable hardwood. Today most of the trees that have left standing are trees that have not been selected for wood harvest because they were thin, weak, deformed, etc. The seeds of those trees are being reproduced therefore we have a downslope in genetics.
b. What we do is use seeds from trees that have maintained their genetic value through time. So each tree we plant is a step forward in recovering the genetic value of endangered trees.
3. Soil recovery
a. Trees have been wiped out and now there is nothing to stop the wind. Wind produces erosion and the fertility of the soil is lost forcing farmers to use more land to obtain the same yields as before. Using more land means losing more forest.
b. We plant trees that act as thick wind shields and as nitrogen spreaders so in that way we stop erosion while we contribute to get soil fertility back.
4. Increase family income in rural areas.
a. Bolivian rural areas offer few job opportunities and the few job opportunities are usually under paid.
b. We produce jobs for people that collect seeds, produce seedlings in greenhouses, and labor for planting, prooning, and maintenance of the new forests.
c. We provide trees that can be exploited as cattle food and human nutrition.
5. Women empowerment
a. Until very recently women were left out of economic activities making them totally dependent on their husbands or family.
b. We provide jobs for women in activities such as seed collection and greenhouse tasks. In that way women can gain their economical independence.
The growth of the Bolivian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 2004 exceeded 4 percent except for 2019 and 2020 (COVID impact), the highest value was registered in 2013 with 6.8 percent, but later it slowed down falling to 2.5% in 2019 and to negative figures in 2020. According to ‚ÄúFocus economics‚ÄĚ (Bolivia Economy - GDP, Inflation, CPI and Interest Rate (focus-economics.com) ‚ÄúThe unpredictable course of the pandemic and the country‚Äôs increasing public debt, however, are key risks to the outlook. Focus Economics panelists see the economy growing 4.4% in 2021, which is unchanged from last month‚Äôs forecast. For 2022 our panel sees GDP growth at 3.1%‚ÄĚ. Which places Bolivia among the most stable and growing economies of the region. The good news is that moderate poverty was reduced from 59% to 22.8% percent (Bolivia Poverty Rate 1992-2021 | MacroTrends) and the Gini coefficient of inequality fell from 0.60 to 0.47.
Other interesting facts are:
1. Yearly average inflation on the last 15 years: 0.42%
2. Fuel and energy price increase on the last 15 years: 0%
3. Average yearly population growth 1.37%
4. Average yearly CO2 emissions increase 7.64%
5. Average yearly renewable consumption increase 3.4%
6. Bolivian renewable energy for 2020 43%
7. Bolivia credit rating for 2020 (S&P) AAA
8. Bolivia credit rating for 2020 (Fitch) AAA
Visiting plantation sites is very easy, you have 2 ways of visiting the plantations, one is by yourself and the other option is a guided tour. Follow these easy steps:
If you are planning to go by yourself:
1. Write a comment to us and tell us an approximate date of your visit in order to have someone waiting for you in the field.
2. Try to avoid rainy days on your visit.
If you want a guided tour:
1. Write a comment to us telling us when are you planning to visit the plantation of interest and how many people are coming with you.
2. Within the next 48 hours (Excluding holidays) Ketrawe will answer your email so we can schedule your visit.
General information on visits
1. All visits can be made within the day, so there is no need of sleeping accommodations.
2. Be sure to have all your vaccines up to date, especially yellow fever.
3. Bring mosquito repellent with you.
4. Be sure to dress up with long sleeve shirts, long pants, off road shoes and a cowboy hat.
5. Bring plenty of water with you.
6. If you take medications, be sure to bring enough for three days.
7. Please tell us if you have allergies of any kind.
8. Be sure to have a health and accident insurance with you because we are not responsible for any accidents that could happen.
9. Take into account that planting sites are usually in remote places where emergency help of any kind is scarce.
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