General

What does Trees for All do?

Trees for All was founded in 1999. We’re a not-for-profit CBF-certified foundation investing in our planet’s future and quality of life by restoring forest and planting trees across the world. Companies and individuals can offset their carbon emissions and plant trees through Trees for All projects. In this way we can work together for a better climate, the restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity while combating world poverty.

How does Trees for All aim to halt global deforestation?

The sums are simple. There are 7.7 billion people on this earth and their numbers are rapidly increasing. All these people need clean air, clean water and food to survive. Chopping down forest for agriculture and production threatens to upset the ecological balance. Every year we lose a net total of ten billion trees. We want to turn this process around while we still can. If we plant two trees a year for every person on the planet, we can ensure that future generations can also live in a green and healthy world.

Trees for All has CBF certification. What does that mean?

Trees for All has been CBF-certified since October 2011. Charity watchdog CBF supervises recognized charities and monitors whether they comply with strict quality standards. Trees for All is the only CBF-certified foundation in Netherlands offering carbon offsets through sustainable forestry projects.

In what way does Trees for All differ from other carbon-offset offerings?

Trees for All is the most experienced provider of carbon offset in the Netherlands and the only CBF-certified foundation offering carbon offsets through sustainable forestry projects. All our projects are certified and guarantee the amount of captured carbon dioxide. Carbon offsets can be achieved in various ways. In our view, planting new forest is one of the most high-grade forms of carbon offset because trees offer so much added value for people, animals, nature and the environment.

Climate compensation by planting trees, how does it work?

Trees need the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to grow. Through photosynthesis they convert carbon dioxide into wood (C) and oxygen (O2). They emanate the oxygen. All the while a tree grows, it absorbs carbon dioxide and converts it into carbon (wood). A dying tree will gradually emit the carbon dioxide. In a forest system, this carbon dioxide is absorbed by the bushes and trees that take the place of the old tree. When a forest is chopped down or razed to the ground, the carbon dioxide is released once more. All these factors are taken into account when calculating the amount of carbon dioxide that a forest can absorb.

What has Trees for All achieved?

We have been working to plant and protect forest for the last 20 years. You can read what we achieve each year in our annual reports. For the most recent annual report, click here.  

 

How do I know that my donation to Trees for All will be well spent?

Trees for All is CBF-certified. This means that our organisation is required to comply with strict requirements pertaining to target spending, cost management and transparency. The costs of our fundraising in relation to realized income is 14% (2018), considerably less than the CBF-norm of 25%. Management and organisational costs (spending that cannot be directly attributed to fundraising or the fund objective) amount to 8%. 75% of total assets are spent on our objective.

What’s better: planting trees or carbon offset?

Donations to plant trees and buying carbon certificates are two different types of financing to help us plant new forest and manage existing forest. So whatever you choose, you’ll be contributing to a greener and healthier planet. If you’re aiming to offset your carbon footprint in a formal, demonstrable way and to neutralise your CO2 activity (household, travel or business), then you can only do that through carbon offset on the basis of CO2 certificates.

 

Become a donor

How can I support the work of Trees for All?

There are different ways to support us. You can plant trees through our 1-2-Tree programme, you can carbon offset and/or help us financially with a donation. You can choose to make a one-off donation or opt to support us for the longer term. Whatever you choose, you will be helping us fulfil our mission: ensuring that we can pass on a green and healthy planet to the next generation.

I’m considering including Trees for All I my will. What are the possibilities?

If you opt to include Trees for All in your will, you’re choosing to bequeath a green and healthy planet to the next generation. For that we’re very thankful to you! There are two possibilities: you can name a charity as an inheritor or as a legatee. Should the charity be named as an inheritor, then it has an equal claim on the entire inheritance as the other heirs. A legacy can be a sum of money, but it is also possible to bequeath goods such as a collection or painting, a house or share portfolio. Because Trees for All is a recognized charity having so-called ANBI status, no inheritance tax will be levied on any bequest.

Can I make a periodic donation to Trees for All?

You most certainly can and it’s most welcome! You can make a regular gift by filling out a donations form in which you indicate you will be making a regular gift to Trees for All over a five-year period. It’s up to you whether you make your annual donation in one go or in a number of instalments. The agreement stipulates when the donation period comes to an end. Good to know is that your periodic donation is tax deductible. Here you can download (in Dutch) the agreement from the Tax Authorities and the corresponding proxy form.

What’s the difference between a straight-forward donation and a periodic donation?

Ordinary gifts are not regulated by means of an agreement, whereas periodic donations are. What’s more, a periodic gift requires you to donate the same amount annually for at least five years. A periodic gift is always tax deductible. Straight-forward donations may be tax deductible if they meet the requirements (a threshold amount and a maximum amount). For more information, click here.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Trees for All is a recognized charity with so-called ANBI status. This means that Trees for All has been designated as an ‘institution for the general good’ by the tax authorities. This status offers donors potential tax advantages. Gifts and donations to Trees for All are tax deductible, subject to certain conditions. For companies this is an interesting proposition, as gifts costs far less.

I want to quit my donation, how to proceed with this?

Too bad you want to quit your donation! You can do this by informing us via the online contact form. Please state your full name, place of residence and the authorization reference if known. We would like to thank you for your support!

Planting trees

What is the 1-2-Tree programme?

By taking part in the 1-2-Tree programme, you choose to plant at least two trees: one in the Netherlands and one abroad. Why have we opted to do it that way? Because deforestation is a worldwide problem and we aim to make a difference not just in the Netherlands but also in other parts of the world. Our decision to support forestry projects in the tropics is also motivated by another key driver: trees absorb carbon dioxide faster in warm countries. And that’s of major importance to a better climate.

Can I choose where my trees will be planted?

Trees are always planted according to the 1-2-Tree concept: at least one tree in the Netherlands and one abroad. We aim for an even distribution of new tree planting across the various projects we’re currently supporting. Corporate forestry partners can consult with us about partnering on a specific foreign project.

How do you guarantee that the trees I’ve donated are actually planted?

We guarantee that the trees will be planted within a year of receiving your donation. For planting the trees we’re dependent on the planting season in the country and area concerned. In the Netherlands, the trees are planted in the period November to March. In the tropics, trees are planted immediately prior to the start of the rainy season. When we receive donations to plant new trees, we put the trees into the ground when the next rainy season comes around.

Can I plant my trees myself?

Each year we organize one or more tree planting days in the Netherlands for our corporate partners and donors. We try and invite as many donors and partners as possible because we know how much people like to pull on their boots and pick up a shovel to dig a tree into the ground. Priority is given to our corporate forest partners. Depending on numbers we’re happy to invite others, but unfortunately, we can’t make any promises up front.

How do you set the price of the trees?

The tree price is determined on the basis of the average costs of our forestation projects in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2019 we adjusted the prices because of rising project costs. We believe it’s very important to pay our project partners a fair price so that they can continue to manage their projects sustainably. In the Netherlands ground is scarce and planting new forest has become more expensive.

When I plant trees, am I also automatically compensating my carbon emissions?

Many people want to know how much carbon dioxide is offset by planting trees. Converting carbon capture into numbers of trees is less simple than it looks. A common error is to see a forest as a fixed number of trees per hectare. Nothing could be further from the truth. A forest is a living, dynamic ecosystem where far more trees are planted per hectare than can actually grow to adulthood. For this reason, the carbon capture is not calculated per tree, but per area and time period. So when you donate trees to us, you will be able to say that you are contributing to carbon offsetting but you won’t be able to claim a formal, actual amount of carbon dioxide in tonnes.

Carbon offset

How does CO2-compensation work at Trees for All?

Trees extract carbon dioxide from the air and lay down carbon in their trunk, branches and roots. This carbon storage can be calculated as carbon credits. One carbon credit is equivalent to a single metric ton of carbon dioxide. Through Trees for All you can offset your carbon emissions by making a donation for each ton of carbon emissions. The revenues raised through carbon payments will generate income for additional forest planting and/or the management of forest where the carbon dioxide is captured or will be captured. We ensure that the sum you donate is used to extract carbon dioxide from the air equal to your carbon emissions and laid down in the trees.

 

We forge agreements with our project partners abroad about the number of carbon credits that are bought for our donors. After payment by Trees for All the credits are recorded in the credit register in the name of Trees for All. The credits are subsequently made digitally unusable, which means they cannot ever be traded again. It’s comparable to banknotes being taken out of circulation and destroyed. In this way we ensure that a carbon credit can only be used once, and that the carbon compensation claim can only be awarded once. Our donors receive a unique certificate of compensation after they have made a carbon offset donation.

How does Trees for All guarantee the amount of carbon capture?

Compensation means that you have demonstrably offset your carbon emissions via certified credits. This compensation is channelled via a certified project organisation (a project partner of Trees for All) and an independent, accredited supervisory body which establishes that the carbon dioxide has indeed been captured. All the forestry projects for which we accept donations for carbon offset are certified and guarantee the amount of carbon dioxide captured or to be captured. The social, economic and ecological impact is also monitored and checked. Various certification standards for this exist, such as the Gold Standard, Plan Vivo and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). In the case of VCS we always demand that it be combined with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) so that we know that the ecological and social aspects of the project are also sufficiently monitored. Not only the parties carrying out the certification but also the certification standards themselves are monitored and checked in turn by independent bodies.

 

How do I calculate my carbon emissions?

You can use the CO2 calculator on our website to calculate your carbon emissions. This calculator has been formulated on the basis of the guidelines set out by independent environmental advisory body MilieuCentraal.

Can Trees for All help me to calculate my footprint and amount of carbon offset?

We’ve based our climate footprint calculator on the carbon emission factors outlined by environmental advisory body MilieuCentraal. For more complex calculations it may be advisable to engage a professional party. For more information, surf to www.co2emissiefactoren.nl or to Klimaatplein, one of Trees for All’s partners.

How much carbon dioxide can a tree lay down?

On average, a tree has the capacity to capture around 20 kilograms of carbon dioxide a year for growing its trunk, branches and roots. So, if you donate a tree and it grows for 30 years, then that tree would capture around 600 kg of carbon dioxide, or 0.6 tonnes. But it’s more realistic to base one’s calculations on more conservative estimates, as not every tree will live for 30 years, not all trees grow at the same pace and not every tree uses the same amount of carbon dioxide to build up its trunk and branches. For ease of calculation (and to be on the safe side) we assume 0.2 tonnes to a maximum of 0.3 tonnes of CO2 per tree after thirty years of growth. Based on this one can say you need an average of four trees growing for 30 years to offset a single tonne of CO2. Please be aware that this is an indication and not an actual calculation. If you really want to talk about carbon offset, then it’s advisable to donate for carbon credits instead of tree planting.

Does Trees for All work together with airlines to offset air miles?

Most airlines favour consumers making a conscious choice to offset their emissions on a voluntary basis. Selling air travel including compensation pushes up the cost price of the ticket. Some airlines see this as undesirable at a time when industry players are competing on cost with ultra-low ticket prices. Through online ticket sellers you can however compensate your emissions directly or plant extra trees.

Trees for All only offsets carbon dioxide via their overseas forestry projects. Can I offset my carbon emissions with Dutch woodland as well?

The Netherlands has no certified forest as yet, and as such there are no carbon certificates from Dutch woodland on the market. This may become possible in the future, but until then you can offset your carbon emissions through our sustainable forestry projects abroad.

Corporate partners

How do you lay down the agreements with your corporate partners?

At the start of the partnership we draw up a contract. This lays down what we’ve agreed about the nature of the partnership, the size of the donation, the duration of the cooperation and the payment conditions. In addition we make agreements about logo use and joint communication.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Trees for All is a recognized charity with so-called ANBI status. This means that Trees for All has been designated as an ‘institution for the general good’ by the tax authorities. This status offers potential tax advantages for donors to the projects of Trees for All. Gifts and donations to Trees for All are tax deductible, subject to certain conditions.  For companies this is an interesting proposition, as gifts costs far less.

Can I deduct VAT?

Trees for All is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. This means that corporate partners of Trees for All are not liable to pay value added tax on their donations.

I want to become a corporate forest partner. How does it work?

You can become a corporate forestry partner by planting a minimum of 2000 trees and donating €12,500. We operate according to the 1-2-Tree programme. That means you plants as many trees in the Netherlands as abroad. Staff and business associates are welcome to attend our annual tree planting day to plant new forest. As a company you’ll be making a tangible contribution to the world of tomorrow!

I want to become a product partner. How does it work?

Our product partners don’t commit to a fixed contribution but opt for a variable donation based on their bottom line. We draw up an agreement which sets out what has been agreed on the size of the donation – a tree per product/service or xx products/services. To take part you need to commit to a donation of at least 500 euro and involvement for two years. Companies who aren’t partners can donate trees via our website.

I want to become a CO2 partner. How does it work?

We’ll draw up a partnership agreement to establish the donation size and the duration of the partnership. To take part you need to commit to a donation of at least 500 euro and involvement for at least two years. Companies who aren’t partners can donate trees via our website.

Projects

How do you define sustainable forestry projects?

One of Trees for All’s points of departure is that the forest to be planted, will be managed for at least twenty to fifty years. And preferably even longer, because older (and therefore bigger) trees contribute greatly to total forest growth and carbon capture. We always work together with the local community on our foreign forest projects. Our forest projects create economic prosperity and contribute to improved living standards. Our projects contribute to several of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs), including combating poverty, climate improvement and increased biodiversity.

How does Trees for All pick its forestry projects?

In order to manage the forest in a sustainable way, it’s important that Trees for All works together with reliable partners. For our foreign projects we team up with experienced project partners who share our vision on reforestation and management. One of Trees for All’s points of departure is that the forest to be planted, with all the richness of flora and fauna that is to be developed, must subsequently be well-managed. In addition we apply a range of other quality criteria such as conformity with local forestry legislation, guarantees of sustainability, involvement of the local population and the impact on the environment, people and animals.

In the Netherlands we work together with national authority Staatsbosbeheer, which means sustainable management is guaranteed. Click here to see the principles we apply to our Dutch woodland projects.

 

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