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"Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get." As much as I adore the movie Forrest Gump (and chocolate – dark, 80% cacao, before you ask), I sometimes try to prove him wrong. In fact, everyone at MORFO strives to defy Forrest Gump's statement. Our mission, backed by hefty investments in R&D and numerous partnerships, is to create the perfect chocolate box - one without any surprises, but exactly what we need: a native and biodiverse forest.
Pascal, Co-founder of MORFO
😋 - Good taste in French Guiana
In February 2022, we started our first project in French Guiana. At that time, 84% of the area was bare soil, and only had 0.3% vegetation coverage. After a year, the vegetation now covers 42% of the entire area, and the bare soil has reduced to 39%. This progress is part of our reforestation efforts in an alluvial gold mine in northwest French Guiana, nestled in the heart of the Amazonian forest.
🥣 - The best ingredients
To make the best chocolate box, we always need a bit of assistance. MORFO has been selected in various prestigious programs in the past few weeks:
Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label: One of the most prestigious recognition for profitable environmental protection, delivered by the Solar Impulse Foundation. This label serves as a credible marker of quality to decision-makers in business and governments.
Google Sustainable Development Program: We’ve been chosen among 15 startups in the world to join Google’s program, granting access to high-level advisors and investors.
I-Lab Award: It’s a financial recognition to bolster our VEGE+ research program for 24 months.
👨🍳 - The recipe for forest succession
To help you understand the value of a technology like MORFO, we have prepared this article for you. In it, you will discover that MORFO does not intervene in all stages of a reforestation project, as it is not necessary. We accelerate natural regeneration in 3 out of 6 stages (3,4 and 5). This approach promotes biodiversity and resilient forest ecosystems, allowing species to naturally establish through forest succession.
Our goal: facilitate and expedite the process of natural regeneration.
Key takeaway: natural regeneration and reforestation can be complementary and not mutually exclusive (to enhance the project's success).
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Discover a real time map of how deforestation is evolving on the Brazilian territory by clicking here. (🇧🇷,🇬🇧)
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A special thanks to Andrew Thompson for allowing us to feature his Forrest Gump illustration in this newsletter. To explore more of Andrew's work, visit his website: schmandrewart.com
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We'll be back again in August!
The MORFO team