The Chilli Oil Company is supporting Earthly who assist the Eden Reforestation Project, which is working to rebuild the forests in Madagascar.

For every order of Chilli Oil you make, we’ll plant one mangrove tree. This improves the ecosystems by rebuilding forests, increasing CO2 sinks, promoting plant and animal biodiversity, and reducing the impact of climate change. In addition the project is supporting local communities with work and social opportunities.

We are also working with Earthly by supporting the Brazil Nut Concessions in Madre de Dios thereby offsetting our carbon footprint and can now claim to have a Climate Positive Team.#

PROJECTS SUPPORTEDUNITSCO2T REMOVEDDATE
Planting Mangroves In Madagascar – Maroalika620 Trees0.7422/12/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/12/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/11/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3919/10/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/09/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/08/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/07/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/06/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/05/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/04/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/03/2023
Planting Mangroves In Madagascar – Maroalika518 Trees0.6218/02/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/02/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection255.76 Sqm1.3911/01/2023
Rimba Raya Peatland Protection511.52 Sqm2.7811/12/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/12/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/11/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/10/2022
Planting Mangroves In Madagascar – Maroalika244 Trees0.4615/09/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/09/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/08/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/07/2022
Planting Mangroves In Madagascar – Maroalika254 Trees0.4812/06/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/06/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/05/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/04/2022
Planting Mangroves In Madagascar – Maroalika218 Trees0.4117/03/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/03/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/02/2022
Planting Mangroves In Madagascar – Ankilahila422 Trees0.8025/01/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/01/2022
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/12/2021
Planting Mangroves In Madagascar – Ankilahila200 Trees0.5811/11/2021
Brazil Nut Concessions In Madre De Dios1,998.82 Sqm1.3911/11/2021

More information on the three projects we support are detailed below:

Project information

1) Planting Mangroves In Madagascar

This trail-blazing project run by Eden Reforestation Projects has reforestation and poverty alleviation at its heart. Mangroves pack some punch when it comes to carbon sequestration but also provide a whole load of other natural benefits such as storm surge protection and vital habitat for many species.

Before

The Madagascar project that we support started in 2007. The project has already planted over 300 million trees and created over 3 million workdays.

To date, they have planted over 334 million trees across 8 countries They have created 3.3 million days of work for local communities By 2025 they aim to plant 500 million trees each year

Great for Earth

Madagascar has experienced deforestation on an enormous scale with only 10% of its original forest remaining today. Did you know that approximately 75% of species found in Madagascar are not found anywhere else in the world? This means it is even more important to protect what is left and help to reforest areas that have been destroyed.

After

Mangroves are important for the climate crisis because estimates suggesting that they sequester carbon at a rate of 2 – 4 times greater than mature tropical forests. Each mangrove tree removes around 308kg of CO2 from the atmosphere over the course of its life-cycle (approximately 25 years).

Mangrove forests also offer numerous other ecosystem services such as natural coastal defences from floods and storm surges, increased biodiversity and sediment reduction.

And as if by magic!

Planting: A mix of four different mangrove species are planted as well as at least 10% agroforestry trees to provide an additional source of income to the local people. The mangroves are planted directly from propagules, and Eden have discovered that mortality becomes irrelevant as natural regeneration occurs (after the inevitable loss of some propagules). Typically regeneration exceeds 200% of the original number of mangroves planted – we know it’s cool.

Earthly do also contribute a buffer so that if anything were to happen like a tropical storm we have you covered.

Positive for People

Deforestation is often tied to extreme poverty, so Eden Reforestation Projects uses a unique methodology of ‘employ to plant’ in order to target both of these problem areas. This aims to provide fair employment to local people to grow, plant, and guard to maturity native species forest on a massive scale.

Time to rest and talk

Project information

2) Brazil Nut Concessions in Madre de Dios

This is a world-class REDD+ project focusing on rainforest conservation in the heart of Peru. Run by our partner Bosques Amazonicos SAC (BAM) this project aims to reduce deforestation in over 300,000 hectares of Peruvian Amazon and reduce millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere due to illegal deforestation.

In total over the whole period of the project, an estimated 64’668,764 tCO2e will be secured from deforestation as stored carbon within the trees and soil. BAM estimates that without this project deforestation would destroy approximately 34% of the project area by 2040.

The beautiful Brazilian Rain Forest

Project Benefits

Why this project?

BAM is a private, for-profit, company established in 2004. The project is a collaboration between BAM and over 400 Brazil nut concessions and land-owners who want to help protect their forest.

This project is certified by Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) which means the project must meet certain standards and provide measurable results to show that the carbon within the rainforest has been secured and deforestation is not occurring.

The fruits of labour

Great for Earth

Situated in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, an area known as Peru’s capital of biodiversity it is home to some of the world’s rarest wildlife. The project is recognised as providing exceptional benefits to biodiversity along with its large carbon benefits.

The threatened Brazilian Jaguar

Deforestation is the second-largest source of carbon emissions after fossil fuels, with the rate of deforestation sadly still increasing despite huge efforts to stop it. The main drivers are land clearing for agriculture and illegal logging and mining. Therefore projects such as these are vital to protecting large areas of rainforest.

Rewarding Work

A REDD+ project stands for Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation. The idea is that by placing a price on a natural asset in this case the rainforest countries will take greater measures to protect it thereby reducing forest loss, increasing conservation management and increasing GHG removal.

Brazil nuts are an important part of forest conservation because they only grow on trees exclusive to these native forests, therefore if these areas are not protected local people could lose their main source of income.

Positive for People

This project has helped a total of 405 families in the area by establishing initiatives that increase the value of the healthy forest as well as making sure their income from sustainable brazil nut harvesting in maintained.

As part of the project, BAM is constructing a processing plant which will provide additional employment to the local people; a nursery which will produce 100,000 seedlings a year to maintain the Brazil Nut trees and contribute to reforestation efforts; and will help to train deforestation agents in more sustainable practices such as agroforestry.

Project information

3) Peatland Protection, Rimba Raya

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project is protecting one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world. Without this project, the carbon-rich, peatland forest of Rimba Raya would have been turned into palm oil estates, emitting over 100 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Instead, the project is protecting the land and working with local communities to achieve all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Developed by InfiniteEARTH in 2009, Rimba Raya protects over 640 square kilometers (250 square miles) of High Conservation Value (HCV) tropical peat forest, with over 350 million tonnes of carbon stored in their peat domes. The measurable contribution to emission avoidance is the equivalent of removing one million cars from the world’s highways every year for the next 30 years!

As well as playing a huge role in climate mitigation, peatlands are home to rare organisms found nowhere else, and they contribute to reducing floods, droughts and wildfires, all expected to increase as the climate changes. This project is committed to proactively working with local communities to not only preserve the peatland and surrounding wildlife, but to support sustainable development and ensure people and nature can survive and thrive into the future.

Project Benefits

Why this project?

Carbon emissions from peatland degradation currently contributes to a whopping 5% of global anthropogenic emissions. As the largest natural store of carbon on land, it is essential that we protect peatlands like Rimba Raya from conversion for agriculture such as palm oil while working with local communities on alternative sustainable development opportunities, however peatlands are underrepresented in carbon markets.

Great for Earth

As much as 85 percent of Indonesia’s carbon emissions come from deforestation and land use change. This project is helping to avoid and reduce emissions by stopping the conversion of tropical peatland forest into palm oil plantations. As well as protecting 47,000 Hectares of peatland, community training and awareness campaigns paired with significant investment in fire prevention and suppression is helping to reduce habitat loss and emissions from fires.

The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve collaborates closely with the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) to actively conserve these charismatic great apes. Palm oil is the leading cause of orangutan extinction, where it is estimated that every year 1,000 – 5,000 orangutans are killed by palm oil concessions. The Reserve is now a critical buffer zone between palm oil and one of the last populations of wild orangutans on Earth.

Not only paying attention to the land, the project also works with communities in fishing villages along the Seruyan River to encourage sustainable fishing practices and carry out community clean-ups, removing 5.7 tonnes of garbage from the area so far. Along the coastal area of the project, the planting of 55,350 mangrove seeds is also providing habitat for young fish, reducing the damage of storms, and helping to sequester more carbon which would otherwise be in our atmosphere. The program also helps to generate income – in particular for people of Sungai Bakau who work mainly as fishermen and farmers.

Positive for People

Money earned by the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project supports livelihood programmes in surrounding villages. The programme uses the Sustainable Development Goals to identify priorities for local communities, resulting in extensive programmes across employment, education, energy, health and equality.

The project addresses all levels from education to employment. To support literacy, all children are provided school resources like books, stationary, school bags through an Education Fund and scholarships are provided to high achieving children from low income families. To develop skills the project gives communities access to technology like drones, computers and generators, and provides on-the-job training in enterprises like farming. To date, the project has created 52 positions, directly hiring local villagers including 17 women.

Micro-enterprises and community initiatives support entrepreneurship and decent job creation as well as increasing the income of all households bordering the project. The project started a women’s COOP empowering women to develop initiatives and micro-enterprises like Zuper Shrimp Paste, Chicken and Egg farming, The Salted Fish micro-enterprises and Traditional Handicrafts.

Investment in health and clean energy is another key focus, which has led to the distribution of 300 water filters to villages alongside 3 community-wide filtration systems, the construction of a small-scale solar power plant and provision of individual solar lanterns to every household, a floating clinic providing access to healthcare in every village – particularly those in more remote regions – and a program providing reading glasses to those in need.

The project is also committed to generating awareness and promoting accountability in their work, releasing a periodic newsletter, ‘Seeds of Change’, providing updates on Climate, Community & Biodiversity initiatives maintained by the project, including on-the-ground interviews.