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AFRSA KOEKE24 Desert converted into biodiverse Paulownia forest with education centre near Koekenaap, South Africa

AFRSA KOEKE24 Desert converted into biodiverse Paulownia forest with education centre near Koekenaap, South Africa

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Located near the ocean at the West Cape of South Africa is a area of 2000 ha which is barren and unused. The soil is salty or brackish from nearby salt ocean water. Also this project relies on advanced irrigation systems to flush the soil and provide the required water for the trees and plants.

The plan is to create a forest with Paulownia trees and bamboo and varieties of other vegitation.

A truly biodiverse project with trees, flowers, sufficient irigation, beehives.

An education center will be constructed to educate on carbon farming and innovativ irrigation systems..

The local community is involved in the project and receive fair wages and other employment conditions. Water from the irrigation system is available to the local community for irrigation, growing their crops and for drinking water.

Planning: Q1 2024 Design / Certification: Q4 2024

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  • CO2 removal

    Amount of carbon removed:

    600000 tCO2e

    (= x1000 kg CO2 emitted)

  • Registry / Verification





    Verification number:

  • Other information

  • Objectives

    1. Carbon removal and biodiversity plus education centre
  • Sustainable Development Goals

    • 1: No poverty
    • 5: Gender equality
    • 7: Affordable and clean energy
    • 13: Climate action
    • 8: Decent work and economic growth
    • 15: Life on land
    United Nations SDGs 
  • Project

    Project Manager:

    • Maurice Mulder






    Q3 2024

  • Koekenaap, South Africa

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  • Local Management

    Maurice Mulder


Sustainable Development Goals

1: No poverty

There are many reasons, but in short, because as human beings, our well- being is linked to each other. Growing inequality is detrimental to economic growth and undermines social cohesion, increas- ing political and social tensions and, in some circumstances, driving instability and conflicts.

The private sector has a major role to play in determining whether the growth it creates is inclusive and contributes to poverty reduction. It can promote economic opportunities for the poor.

5: Gender equality

Regardless of where you live in, gender equality is a fundamental human right. Advancing gender equality is critical to all areas of a healthy society, from reducing poverty to promoting the health, education, protection and the well-being of girls and boys.

We fund education campaigns to curb cultural practices like female genital mutilation and change harmful laws that limit the rights of women and girls and prevent them from achieving their full potential.

8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 8 is about promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Decent work means opportunities for everyone to get work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration. A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress.

Providing youth the best opportunity to transition to a decent job calls for investing in education and training of the highest possible quality, providing youth with skills that match labour market demands, giving them access to social protection and basic services regardless of their contract type, as well as leveling the playing field so that all aspiring youth can attain productive employment regardless of their gender, income level or socio-economic background.

Governments can work to build dynamic, sustainable, innovative and people-centred economies, promoting youth employment and women’s economic empowerment, in particular, and decent work for all.

Implementing adequate health and safety measures and promoting supportive working environments are fundamental to protecting the safety of workers, especially relevant for health workers and those providing essential services.

13: Climate action

very person, in every country in every continent will be impacted in some shape or form by climate change. There is a climate cataclysm looming, and we are underprepared for what this could mean.

Businesses and investors need to ensure emissions are lowered, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes economic and business sense as well.

15: Life on land

Goal 15 is about conserving life on land. It is to protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and stop biodiversity loss.