Eden has created means of livelihood for millions of people living in extreme poverty around the world. Each project employs local communities to work within their nurseries and project sites in Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique, Kenya, Nicaragua and Honduras, engaging local communities to protect and care for newly planted regions. Additionally, each project site also plants a percentage of selected species that are dedicated to sustainable community use.
Today, the majority of trees at Eden's project site are planted in Honduras. However, the first Eden Project was brought to life in Ethiopia in 2005. At the time, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariuam Deslegn, invited Dr. Stephen Fitch to take over a reforestation project near Hawassa, Ethiopia. Local communities were employed and in less than 10 years, over 15mn trees were planted and protected by over 3,500 local community members. The success was evident, and Eden has grown in scale and impact, setting up projects worldwide. Each grow site is carefully selected for maximum environmental and social impact, following its core mission of using reforestation as a means to alleviate extreme poverty and protect our planet.
Eden Reforestation Projects is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organisation headquartered in California, USA. They are endorsed on the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Platform and are recognised as a leading actor in international reforestation efforts and ‘Employ to Plant’ methodology.