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1. Is there a relationship between reforestation and climate change?

Greenhouse gases like Carbon Dioxide and Methane are the main cause of the current global warming. They trap the heat into the atmosphere, causing average temperatures to rise globally. Reforestation is an important strategy to fight climate change. Forests absorb a good share of the CO2 we produce and they store it for long periods. Therefore, planting trees helps us mitigate the emissions that cause climate change and create new reservoirs of stored Carbon that safeguard our climate balance.

2. What is a Carbon offset?

Carbon offsets are an effective way to compensate your personal Carbon footprint – the amount of greenhouse gases generated by your daily activities. Carbon offsets allow you to reduce the effects of CO2 and other gases by planting trees and restore forests.

3. Where does MyOwnTree plant my trees?

First MyOwnTree forests will be planted in Romania, one of the last areas in Europe that has majestic virgin forests and beautiful mountain landscapes. Due to its varied climate influences and fertile terrains, Romania has all the necessary resources for trees to grow and reduce the impact of climate change globally. More than that, Romania is one of the countries severely threatened by illegal logging and deforestation.

4. Who owns the tree(s)?

The forest does not belong to one single person or entity, it belongs to all MyOwnTree NGO members. Trees rights are granted to MyOwnTree NGO members and cannot be transferred to other persons without prior consent of MyOwnTree NGO.

5. What’s stopping trees being cut down?

Except for natural disasters, our planting sites are protected and trees cannot be cut down. Members of MyOwnTree NGO do not have deforestation rights.

6. Do I have to pay maintenance costs?

No, you don’t have to pay maintenance costs. The associated costs - forests’ maintenance, management and exploitation - are included in your initial donation.

7. What kind of trees does MyOwnTree plant?

The goal of MyOwnTree is to plant tree species that absorb and store a significant amount of CO2. We plant Tilia, a fast-growing and long-lived tree that can reach considerable ages. It is clothed with large leaves and it blooms in summer, emitting a relaxing scent.

8. How quickly will my trees be planted?

Trees will be planted twice a year – in the spring and in the fall. So, whenever you donate, you will be informed about the closest planting period.

9. Can I visit the forest and see my tree(s)?

Yes, you can visit your trees anytime. However, you must inform MyOwnTree NGO of your visit and respect our instructions. We also post photos of the forest on a regular basis so that you can monitor the forest online in Social Media.

10. What happens if my tree dies or is damaged by extreme weather events?

If your trees die during the first 4 years after planting from reasons related to the plantation or forest management, we will plant other instead, without any additional costs. Although there are risks of natural calamities, vandalism or damage caused by wild animals, we will take all the precautions to protect your trees.

11. How do I measure the amount of Carbon stored in my tree(s)?

You have access to our smart Carbon calculator that helps you to establish your yearly footprint and estimates the right number of trees needed to reduce greenhouse emissions generated by your daily activities.

12. What it means to be a member of the MyOwnTree NGO?

When you adopt a tree, you become an active member of the MyOwnTree NGO. As a member, you will have a personal account and will be able to view and monitor your trees in real time. You can also visit the forest, participate in the tree planting campaigns and request additional care for your trees.

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