Frequently asked questions

Agroforesty is a farming system that restores trees to crops, either in the fields themselves or around the edges as hedging.

Trees bring many benefits to crops and animal rearing: shade; windbreaks; water; habitats for biodiversity that may reduce the use of insecticides and fungicides; nutriments provided by certain species of tree; enriching the soil through carbon storage; fodder for animals; fuel wood for local inhabitants. Agroforestry trees may be fruit trees; in which case they provide growers with an extra harvest.

Forestry is an operating system that impacts the development and enhancement of a forest or wood for economic gain (wood) and/or various services that benefit society.

For our selection of projects, we favour this multifunctional approach: one that not only ensures sustainable management of the trees planted to safeguard long-term viability, boosts the resilience of the trees to fire, disease and storms, as well as their adaptation to global warming, but also considers other benefits of the forest – improving the landscape and protecting biodiversity, in particular.

This explains why our forestry projects typically involve a range of different tree species. This approach ensures greater forest resilience, the trees are managed by age to foster greater biodiversity, and the species of trees are selected to suit the terrain in question and its specific features.

We generally choose projects where planting is scheduled 12 months after the donation at the very latest. To find out more, check out the works schedules for the projects (on the A TREE FOR YOU website) you are supporting. You will receive regular updates on these projects, especially the planting process, via your personal account on our social network.

A journey leaves its mark on the environment in different ways: greenhouse gas emissions, particularly CO2; polluting emissions; ground infrastructure (roads, airports, ports…); the material resources used to build the planes, trains, automobiles… and their infrastructure; energy.

This is why the best journey for the environment is the one you can avoid!

For the CO2 impact alone, you need two bits of information to work out how many trees to plant: the amount of CO2 emitted during the trip and the carbon storage capacity of the trees to be planted.

Today, transport operators and agencies tend to provide clients with an idea of the carbon footprint of their trip, measured in kilogrammes or tonnes of CO2. A Paris-Antananarivo return flight, for instance, generates 1,440kg of CO2.

It is difficult to pinpoint the storage capacity of trees because the figures differ depending on the type of soil, the climate, the species in question and the environment (agroforestry or forestry). Furthermore, measuring this capacity is not an exact science since to obtain precise figures the trees and their roots must be destroyed; a practice that goes against the desired objective!

Nevertheless, studies of some projects reveal carbon storage figures ranging from 10 to 35kg per year in the life cycle of the trees. Consequently, it makes sense to take 50kg of CO2 as a reasonable reference.

So for our Paris-Antananarivo return flight, 29 trees need to be planted (1.440/50 = 28.8)… to compensate just the CO2 impact. This capture would be done over five years, while the emission were made the time of two trips… But then the trees continue to capture carbon throughout their lives. And above all, they provide many other benefits in addition to carbon storage, for the water cycle,  soils, biodiversity and human beeings!

To keep it simple, by assuming a tree = 32kg of CO2 (between one and three years of capture):

  • A commercial flight in economy class = two trees per flight hour per passenger (example: Paris- Antananarivo, 11h21 round trip + return –> 45 trees)
  • A full tank of 60 litres of fuel = five trees

No! Our projects don’t provide carbon offsetting certification. We prefer to plant trees that last in order to develop and protect the environment, rather than obtain certificates. This is why we have opted for the donation approach, which means you are eligible for tax receipts if your tax residence is in France and other related benefits. Financing projects that deliver carbon credits does not give you the right to tax receipts since you are purchasing the equivalent in tonnes of CO2.

The projects are proposed by our planting partners in the A TREE FOR YOU selection committee, made up of scientists and development experts. This committee functions independently of the A TREE FOR YOU governing board, which, for its part, validates (or invalidates, albeit rarely) the projects retained by the selection committee, but has no powers itself to add a project.

Decisions taken by the selection committee are based on anticipation of the various benefits of the projects: impacts on soil, water, CO2, local communities and biodiversity, as well as the soundness of projects and their lasting potential.

The species (or varieties) of trees to be planted are chosen by the planting operators, on the ground, together with the local community set to benefit from the operation.

The decision is based on the type of soil in question; the climate; the ability of the species to adapt to climate change; its resistance to disease, fire, storms; the benefits for local inhabitants; biodiversity and, of course, the local context – e.g. needing to protect a neighbouring forest from the practice of gathering fuel wood or establishing mangroves to regenerate a coastal ecosystem. These choices are presented to the project selection committee, which then considers their relevance when deciding to retain or reject them.

No, they don’t in the strictest sense of the word. As the case may be, they belong to the owner of the land, to the operator, or to the State. On this point, regulations vary from country to country.

However, since your action has made it possible to plant these trees in the first place, we consider they belong to you… in another sense of the word!

Loss may occur when planting trees on an entire plot. This is normal and the amount depends on the project. There is less loss in agroforestry than forestry because fewer trees are planted per hectare and they are often monitored individually. In forestry, planting is based on high density per hectare to let nature follow its course over a couple of years. Following this period, the hardiest and best formed trees are selected.

For all our projects, the cost-to-plant is based on a lasting tree rather than a tree planted. We take into account the anticipated loss for each project so as to offer you trees (we sincerely hope) that will still be standing decades later!

Once you have donated to plant, A TREE FOR YOU opens an ‘account’ in its dedicated social network. This account is automatically linked to that of the planting partner, the operator on the ground, and the project group where your trees will be planted. This means your planting partner will directly send you news on the project and trees planted for at least three years.

To receive these updates, simply visit your account from time to time.

With forests covering over 30% of its land surface – a figure that has even doubled since the French Revolution! – France is particularly blessed when it comes to trees. Yet the country still imports wood to meet its needs! There are several reasons for this paradox: three-quarters of French forests are inherited by private owners who are not necessarily experts in the field. As a result, half of the forestland in France is left to its own devices: what a waste!

Planting in France helps restore forestry operations based on sustainable methods and so supports the country’s forest-timber sector (which employs more people than the auto industry!). This keeps jobs in France, mainly in rural areas, since they cannot be relocated. It also plays a part in replacing energy intensive materials or those emitting high levels of CO2 (concrete, fossil fuels, steel…) with a renewable material that is almost carbon neutral… wood.

Yes, the prices may fluctuate depending on the project. They include all the tasks needed to ensure the planting action lasts over time, far beyond that of the seedling phase: technical skills; preparatory materials; planting and protecting seedlings; training beneficiaries; establishing tree nurseries at times; overall project coordination; and so forth.

Depending on the geographic area and how the project is organised locally, these tasks are valuated at different rates and bear different weight in the overall cost.

When planting with A TREE FOR YOU, you are financing a project in its entirety. By so doing, you are providing both the beneficiaries and the planet with a sustainable solution.

A very large majority of your donation will be paid to the planting operator to plant your trees, carry out related works, and ensure overall project coordination.

A TREE FOR YOU aims to keep the portion of your donation used to cover collection costs to a minimum. Right now, it represents 20% at the very most. We are seeking business sponsors to enable us to directly finance the A TREE FOR YOU collection costs and so further reduce this percentage.

Today, at least 80% of your donation goes to NGOs on the ground.

Messages for A TREE FOR YOU are sometimes automatically transferred by your mail box into the junk or spam folders. If you don’t receive a mail from us, please check your email address in your personal account profile.

If this fails to resolve the issue, please send us a message on contact@atreeforyou.org. We will make every effort to reply as soon as possible.

We need your personal details (surname, first name, email address) to create your personal account and send updates on the trees planted. If you pay taxes in France, we also need your postal address to send you the tax receipts corresponding to your donations.

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you have the rights to this data: consult the terms here.

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