Protecting the rainforestPlanting timber treesEnvironmental services for you

Environmental services for you

Planting timber trees

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Protecting the rainforest

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Protecting the rainforest

Protecting the rainforest – to preserve biodiversity
Would you like to get involved in protecting the rainforest? Chocolate is a good place to start! The farmers in our partner cooperatives in Peru live very close to the original Amazon rainforest. In order to protect the surviving rainforest from clearance, the ACOPAGRO cooperative has joined forces with local partners and Pur Projet to launch the Martin Sagrado Project. The project is being run under the auspices of REDD, a programme aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by minimizing deforestation and the destructive use of forests. Overall, this project will enable some 270,000 hectares of tropical primary rainforest to be rescued. The Peruvian government gave the go-ahead by granting the project partners a licence for targeted activities aimed at protecting the rainforest. These include patrolling the waterways on boats, working to increase awareness among the local population, initiating eco-tourism and facilitating research activities.

We will work with you to develop tailored ways of incorporating your commitment into your product marketing. You will receive rainforest certificates and GPS coordinates that you can look up on Google Earth to see which area of rainforest your company is helping to protect.

Planting timber trees

Planting hardwood trees – for farmers and the environment

We carry out reforestation projects with the partner cooperatives that produce our cocoa. Agroforestry systems are used to reforest areas in Honduras, Peru and Ghana where rainforest has been cleared.
The hardwood trees that we plant trap CO2, improve the local water supply, protect the soil from erosion and enrich biodiversity. However, these agroforestry systems do not just have ecological benefits, they also have economic advantages: additional sales of hardwood trees can quadruple the cocoa farmers' incomes on the long run.

If you would like to get involved with our project, you are welcome to do so by buying trees. As a thank you, you will receive a tree certificate and the relevant GPS coordinates. You can then use Google Earth to see where a particular farmer has planted "your" trees.

We will, of course, provide you with useful communication and marketing tools, which will help you to market your social commitment in credible terms. Or perhaps you would like to visit the location yourself? No problem! We would be pleased to have you accompany us on a visit to one of the projects.

Environmental services for you

To help other people and the environment, you can get involved with our projects in Peru, Ghana and Honduras. You will not be working in random locations where your commitment may go unnoticed, but will be supporting the smallhold farmers and protecting the rainforest in the areas where your cocoa is produced. The integral commitment of your own-label brand really sets your products apart from the competition and shows how sustainably your company acts.