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Often asked Questions

  • Why do we plant mangrove trees?
    Mangrove forests are an important tool in the fight against climate change, as they store high amounts of carbon, protect communities from storms, and support fisheries. They also host a unique set of rich biodiversity, with many endangered species, such as olive ridley turtles, white breasted sea eagles and even tree climbing fish finding their last refuge in these forests. Mangroves also provide livelihoods for societies living near coastlines, while protecting them from violent tidal surges and floods during cyclones and hurricanes. Yet despite their critical importance, mangrove forests are in decline across the world. More than half of the mangroves in Indonesia have been lost since 1990. Planting, conserving and protecting mangrove forests are among the best ways to combat climate change and draw down carbon from the atmosphere. For more information on the importance of mangroves, read this statement from the UN Environment Programme:
  • How much of our money goes directly to reforestation?
    Transparency and trust are core values of ours. They go hand in hand with responsibly putting your money to best use possible. When your hotel decides to join our initiative, 85% of the amount donated goes directly to reforestation. The remaining 15% covers the cost of operating Hotels for Nature.
  • How does Hotels for Nature prove my impact?
    Our reforestation project in Indonesia is supported and verified by the UN, Worldbank and partly funded by the Norwegian Government. The mangrove restoration project is one of few reforestation projects that provides third-party verified carbon caulculations. The project uses geodata, AI, and satelite imagery to measure planting site restoration, which allows for accurate estimates on both tree-count and CO2 calculations. On our end, Hotels for Nature is audited by Deloitte on a yearly basis, and we share our financials publicly. In addition, we conduct frequent visit to our tree-planting sites and provides photos, videos and updates through social media and email.
  • Are you a registered charity?
    No, we’re a for-profit environmental organisation. When we started Hotels for Nature, we realised that if we became a charity and relied solely on donations and government grants, then we wouldn’t be able to reach the global scale of climate impact that we’re intending to achieve. We operate similarly to a non-profit or charity though, and highly value transparency. 85% of our revenue goes directly to reforestation, and we share our financial information publicly, yearly audits by Deloitte, and climate impact data.
  • Why do we plant trees in Indonesia and Madagascar (and not in Europe)?
    In general, reforestation in Western countries have limited benefits, as it provides little added social impact, high costs and generally have less loss of forest compared to the regions our projects operate in. Here is an outline of why we plant where we do: Social Impact: Planting trees in regions like Indonesia and Madagascar provides a significant social impact by creating employment opportunities for local communities. These regions often suffer from poverty and lack of economic opportunities. By involving locals in reforestation efforts, we not only restore ecosystems but also empower people with jobs, income, and skills that can uplift entire communities. This approach fosters sustainable development and long-term resilience against poverty. Cost Efficiency: Planting trees in countries with lower labor and land costs, such as Indonesia and Madagascar, allows us to maximize the impact of our resources. In contrast, European countries generally have higher living standards and wage rates, making reforestation projects more expensive to implement. By choosing cost-effective locations, we can stretch our budget further, enabling us to plant more trees and achieve greater environmental benefits. Addressing Deforestation Hotspots: Focusing on countries like Indonesia and Madagascar addresses critical issues of deforestation. These regions are characterized by high rates of forest loss due to factors such as logging, agriculture expansion, and wildfires. By targeting areas facing significant deforestation challenges, our efforts have a direct and urgent impact on preserving biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and safeguarding essential ecosystems. It's not just about planting trees but strategically combating the drivers of deforestation where they are most acute.
  • How is carbon removal calculated?
    Trees are one of the best tools we have in removing carbon pollution from our atmosphere. Mangrove trees are one of the most effective and verified methods of offsetting carbon emissions. Each mangrove tree planted through our reforestation projects removes over 308kg (680lbs) of CO​2 from the atmosphere over the growth life of the tree. This calculates to an average of 12.3kg per year per tree. Read more about how we calculate carbon removal from your hotel forest here.
  • How are local communities being included?
    It is our belief that – while you can put as many trees in the ground as you want – if you have done so at the expense of local community welfare, you have still done it wrong. Our project partners at Eden Reforestation and ISFP work together with local communities in a sustainable way to restore landscapes on a massive scale, thereby creating jobs and improving local livelihoods for people in remote regions. These jobs range from tree planting and maintenance to nursery management and seed collection, offering diverse opportunities for community members to contribute to the restoration of their own landscapes. Putting the local community at the center, inspires great commitment to reforestation in their region and a sense of ownership to protect their mangrove forests long-term. Teams for Nature maintains a strict Code of Conduct under the Norwegian Transparancy act. This encompasses lots of different areas of sustainable operations – including fair wages and decent working conditions. It also specifies the minimum ages that are permitted to work, and forbids the use of child labour, as defined by the International Labour Organisation. Read more about our social impact here:
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