Colombia Eco Travel plants 25 native trees monthly to offset all of our operational carbon footprint.
A native tree is one that has its origins in a specific zone or area prior to human intervention. They are adapted to regional climate, soil and other conditions, and have developed their own defenses to local plagues.
One of their functions, being native to the region, is that they have created appropriate niche habitat for naturally occurring biodiversity, be that local wildlife or soil micro-organisms.
This means that planting native trees creates natural corridors for different animal species, which in turn assist the trees by eating their fruits and then disbursing and propagating their seeds.
Tropical trees are very efficient at capturing and sequestering CO², and account for 95% of tree-based carbon capture on the planet. This in turn helps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which are the principal cause of climate change on Earth. On average, an Orinoco River basin native tree can capture 18 KG (40 lbs.) of CO² per year, calculated over a 10 year period.
The CO² Tropical Trees Program doesn’t just compensate for CO² emissions, but also protects biodiversity and foments conservation.
CO² Tropical Trees practices self-insurance, planting 15% more native trees per year than for which it has contractual obligations. 15% more native trees mean an additional 36 trees per year or an additional 360 trees over 10 years. This additional planting is to insure the replacement of any tree losses, and to compensate for any trees that may be sequestering carbon below the anticipated average of 18 KG per tree per year.