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Planting mangroves in Madagascar

Every £1 spent on this project has been verified to create at least £175 in environmental and social value. Mangrove planting contributes to all of these UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Project Summary

We are planting mangrove trees in Madagascar.

Mangrove trees are up to 5x more effective at carbon removal than UK tree species or other tropical forests.


We support local people with fair-wage work to plant and protect the trees.

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In Partnership With


Eden Reforestation Projects have planted over 485 million trees around the world. 

Why Mangrove Trees In Madagascar?

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More than 90% of Madagascar’s original forests have been destroyed, displacing entire animal species and reducing the local people's ability to live on the land. The biomass of a mangrove forest rivals the sequestration capability of the Amazon tropical rainforests.

Mangroves are up to 5x more effective at removing CO2 from the atmosphere versus UK tree species or other tropical forests. Through our planting and protection programmes, our reforestation efforts will sequester an average of 1.4 tons of carbon dioxide per acre annually.

This project was chosen as it has a huge impact on the climate both immediately and long term. The mangrove forests provide a crucial habitat that supports the local biodiversity and removes massive amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. This project meets the highest international standards and is regularly monitored and verified by independent third parties.


Mangrove forests are essential ecosystems whose dense roots serve as an anchor for the soil and coastline, preventing erosion and creating a barrier between harsh ocean systems and land. They also provide crucial habitats for numerous endangered species found nowhere else on earth. ​

  • Enormous carbon removal capability 

  • Native species. No monocultures.

  • Long-term sustainable planting practices

  • Comprehensive third-party verification

  • Significant social benefits

Benefits to local community

To ensure long-term success, reforestation projects must also benefit the local population.


Many of the people living in heavily deforested areas are living in extreme poverty. With few options to support their families, members of impoverished communities are forced to destroy their local environment to survive - such as cutting down trees for construction, fuel, heat, and agricultural purposes.


It is essential to work with local villages and communities to achieve a successful and longstanding reforestation programme. By employing local people to plant, care for, and protect the new forests we help prevent destructive practices and ensure the forests long-term survival and security.

The social benefits our mangrove planting project in Madagascar helps to provide include:

  • Steady and sustainable fair-wage income

  • Food, shelter, clothing, medicine

  • Access to education 

  • A route out of extreme poverty

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Meet Joseph, a forest guard in Papamena


Joseph is one of our forest guards in Papamena, Madagascar.


Before working as a forest guard with us and our partner Eden Reforestation Projects, Joseph worked in the rice fields. His work in the rice fields was insufficient for supporting his family and their daily necessities.

Now, as our forest guard Joseph is responsible for protecting our mangrove forests. He prevents the reforested area from being destroyed by diligently patrolling the area for fires, smoke, and poachers.


By supporting this project with ZeroSmart you are helping to provide Joseph with the consistent income he needs to finally afford to take care of his family and provide them with a good quality of life.

Tree planting site locations

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Two years after planting the mangroves in Aranta, Madagascar ©

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