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www.Floresta.org
History of Floresta
Founded in 1984 in the Dominican Republic
  Problems that created a need for food aid were not
  being...
The Problem
Deforestation
1/2 Bi. Sustenance Farmers world-wide
  dependent on their land for everything
  deforestation =...
The Solution

Many environment agencies buy up existing
forests in an attempt to STOP deforestation
Floresta is working to...
Where We Work
Dominican Republic (1984)
Oaxaca, Mexico (1995)
Haiti (1997)
Kiliminjaro area, Tanzania (2004)
Currently res...
The Method
Teach - Community Development = Empowerment
Plant
  Agro-forestry

  Reforestation

  Soil Conservation

  Othe...
Statistics to Date
over 3.5 million trees planted
over 4600 micro-finance loans made
136 communities served
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  1. 1. www.Floresta.org
  2. 2. History of Floresta Founded in 1984 in the Dominican Republic Problems that created a need for food aid were not being solved - in fact they were worsening Problems stemmed from deforestation and the resultant loss of soil fertility
  3. 3. The Problem Deforestation 1/2 Bi. Sustenance Farmers world-wide dependent on their land for everything deforestation = starvation Land no longer produces, rains decrease, springs dry up Locals sell charcoal for income furthering the epidemic of deforestation
  4. 4. The Solution Many environment agencies buy up existing forests in an attempt to STOP deforestation Floresta is working towards (and succeeding at) REVERSING deforestation
  5. 5. Where We Work Dominican Republic (1984) Oaxaca, Mexico (1995) Haiti (1997) Kiliminjaro area, Tanzania (2004) Currently researching in Thailand w/ existing agencies for further collaboration
  6. 6. The Method Teach - Community Development = Empowerment Plant Agro-forestry Reforestation Soil Conservation Other sustainable methods (cover crops, fish farming, raised-bed gardening, organic farming, natural pest control, etc.) Create Enterprise - Micro-finance loans Afford progress beyond bare subsistence Diversify village economics Disciple
  7. 7. Statistics to Date over 3.5 million trees planted over 4600 micro-finance loans made 136 communities served
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