Reforesting in Changalane, Mozambique

Reforesting in Changalane, Mozambique

Mozambique is located on the eastern coast of Africa with 68% of its population living in rural parts of the country. Historically home to vast mangrove estuaries and forests, Mozambique’s forests have been largely decimated and destroyed due to intensive tree cutting for firewood and charcoal. 


The population in the village of Changalane is unique for its majority adult aged population, of which more than half are women. Historically, this village earned its livelihood through agriculture and the sale of coal. With over 45% of the population living beneath the poverty line, the population relies heavily on its natural resources and forests for survival. This project will employ 15 full time nursery workers to plant and grow the seedlings, and 30 full time planters from the local village. Through reforestation, we can help provide long term financial stability and economic growth over time.


The intensive practices of tree cutting for firewood and charcoal has led to a heavily degraded environment. With the help of our planting partner, Eden Reforestation will be planting 1,000,000 dry deciduous trees, helping to bring back a thriving ecosystem, and prevent further deforestation by alleviating poverty and creating a long term maintenance and protection plan.


This Eastern African country has a rich and unique ecosystem including 236 species of mammal, 740 species of bird and 5,692 species of vascular plant. Additionally, Mozambique is the home to 200 endemic mammal species like the African elephant.


The world’s 1.9 billion acres of temperate forests are a net-carbon sink. According to the World Resources Institute, more than 1.4 billion additional acres are candidates for restoration—either large-scale, closed forest or mixed mosaics of forests, more sparsely growing trees, and land uses such as agriculture. With restoration comes additional carbon sequestration.

While temperate forests are not threatened by the same large-scale deforestation that afflicts the tropics, they continue to be fragmented by development. They also are experiencing hotter and more frequent droughts, longer heat waves, and more severe wildfires, as well as worsening insect and pathogen outbreaks. These disturbances can push temperate forests beyond their capacity for resilience.

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We have partnered with world-leading Eden Reforestation – a non-profit whose mission is to provide fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. They hire the poorest of the poor to grow, plant, and guard to maturity native species forest on a massive scale. Their “employ to plant methodology” results in a multiplication of positive socio-economic and environment measures. At the time of writing (Oct 2020), their innovative community-led reforestation programme is leading to 5 million trees planted each day.

Photo credit: Eden Reforestation



As a customer of INNIKA, with every piece you purchase with us, your money goes towards supporting projects that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the goals recognised by the Mozambican reforestation project:

Sustainable Development Goal #1
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Sustainable Development Goal #5
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Sustainable Development Goal #2
Rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. We can provide nutritious food for all.
Sustainable Development Goal #8
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
Sustainable Development Goal #3
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Sustainable Development Goal #10
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Sustainable Development Goal #4
Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality education.
Sustainable Development Goal #11
Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Sustainable Development Goal #13
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Sustainable Development Goal #15
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals



With this donation you’ll be buying an amount of trees planted by Eden Reforestation Projects, and an amount of carbon offsets from Gold Standard. Both have exceptional and rigorous standards to ensure they fulfil the necessary climate impact and Sustainable Development Goals.