People Have the Power
Your September hike with MORFO
On October 26th, MORFO will be publishing its first white paper. In this several-month effort, which compiles testimonies from the best organizations, we want to convey two vital messages. The first? It is high time to accelerate the financing of resilient reforestation projects. The second? All reforestation projects should be built on the foundation of 2+1 pillars, where biodiversity and social impact lead to efficient carbon sequestration.
In a few days, you will discover the faces of those who have contributed to this paper. But starting today, you can sign up to pre-download it and/or participate in its unveiling webinar.
Pascal, Co-founder of MORFO
🌱 Positive social impact
As mentioned earlier, the socio-economic benefits of reforestation projects are an essential pillar of any reforestation project. In this article, we summarize the benefits of partnerships between MORFO and local stakeholders. To date, more than 1,000 people have worked directly or indirectly with MORFO on our projects in Brazil, Gabon and French Guiana. Let’s discover how!
💰 Income to +1000 people in Brazil
Last week, MORFO's CEO Adrien Pages and Brazil Sales Executive Roberto Queiroz met with Leandro Abrahão, who is responsible for developing Fundação Renova's seed collection network. Leandro' work in coordinating seed collection by local communities is truly remarkable and has a significant and tangible social impact.
Why? Because these bags contain kilograms of seeds that will grow into millions of trees tomorrow. Today, they already provide income to thousands of people in Brazil. This is one example of how the investment in reforestation has a positive social and economic impact.
🥇 MORFO honored with the Good4nature prize
Among over 2,000 pre-selected startups, MORFO was honored with the Good4Nature 2023 award at the latest Summit of Minds event! This prestigious event brings together influential figures from economics, politics, academia, and more. For the jury, MORFO’s approach of the forest as a whole ecosystem (and not just as a succession of trees) made the difference.
🔍 We recommend reading…
Let's redefine carbon credits to make better use of our forests: Read here. (🇫🇷)
Technology and innovation: What is behind the strategy of foreign start-ups that made Brazil a global platform for product development and agritech: Read here. (🇧🇷)
'Do not anthropomorphize plants,' say plant and forest researchers: Read here.
GlobalUsefulNativeTrees, a database documenting 14,014 tree species that support synergies between biodiversity recovery and local livelihoods in landscape restoration: Access here.
Scientists rediscover small Brazil tree, 185 years on: Read here.
🎧 We recommend listening to…
You may have noticed that the title of our newsletter this month is a reference to the great Patti Smith. To us, the lyrics of the first verse of his song 'People Have The Power' sounds like our anthem:
I was dreaming in my dreaming
Of an aspect bright and fair
And my sleeping, it was broken
But my dream, it lingered near
In the form of shining valleys
Where the pure air recognized
And my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
That the people have the power
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The MORFO team